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The newest member of the Indiana State Police is trained and ready to hit the streets, and only requires that he be fed, watered, and have his belly rubbed.

Today in a ceremony at the Indiana State Police Museum in Indianapolis, State Police Superintendent Doug Carter recognized the achievements of six Indiana State Troopers in completing their 12 week training with their newest K9 partners. Jasper District Trooper Steven Sexton and his new partner “Magill” was amongst the six to complete the K9 class, and are ready to begin patrol as a K9 unit in the Jasper District.

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Jasper District Trooper Steven Sexton and his new partner “Magill” was amongst the six to complete the K9 class, and are ready to begin patrol as a K9 unit in the Jasper District.

“I am excited to get started working in the district and surrounding areas, completing and assisting in investigations and apprehensions to better serve the community,” says Trooper Sexton, a nine year veteran of the Department.  “Being a K9 handler is something I have always wanted to do and getting to do so is an honor with K9 Magill.”

Magill, an almost two year old German Sheppard, holds an extra special place in Sexton’s heart.  He bears the namesake of Master Trooper Detective Rick Magill, who passed away unexpectedly in November 2013.

“I chose the name Magill because Trooper Rick Magill was well known and very respected in the community.  Rick and I worked together on the Clandestine Lab team and I had the utmost respect for him.  I chose the name to carry on Rick’s legacy.”

Magill is a full-service K9, being trained and certified in drug recognition, tracking, and apprehension.  Sexton and Magill will work their first shift together next week.