Bath Police welcome new K9 named after late officer

BATH, NY (WETM) – The Bath Village Police Department today introduced its newest recruit to the community: Bud the German Shepherd.

The new K9 comes from Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, and is nationally certified for narcotics detection, personal protection, and tracking. The ministry said its main work will be narcotics detection to help catch drug traffickers in the community.

Bud is named after Officer Donald “Bud” Robinson who worked at the Bath Village Police Department from 1998 to 2008. He died suddenly aged 59 after a lifetime of service. He was a Marine Corps, Vietnam Army Veteran, and State Trooper from 1974 to 1994. He became an investigator and worked undercover in a narcotics task force. He eventually made his way to the Veterans Administration Police Academy before returning to his hometown of Bath and joining the local police service.

Robinson’s family were present at the ceremony and had this to say about the event and the tribute to their father: “It warms our hearts that after so many years he is remembered so much in the community,” said Kelly Robinson, Donald Robinson’s daughter.

“He left his mark on the community and was an exceptional person,” said Michael Robinson, son of Donald Robinson.

Police Chief Colin Taft said he couldn’t think of a better choice to name the new K9.

Bud’s handler is Constable Roberson, who was a K9 handler in South Carolina before joining the Bath Police Department and focusing on narcotics investigations.

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