‘He’s my responsibility’: Williamsport officer builds trust with k9 partner

Growing up, Tyson Minier never owned a dog. The first dog he took care of was during his deployment to Iraq as a Marine. 

“He was pretty much my dog and we kept him at our facility there,” said Officer Tyson Minier, who now has been with the Williamsport Bureau of Police for six years. With that, Minier was hooked and wanted to learn more about handling working dogs. 

When the Williamsport Bureau of Police re-started its k9 program, Officer Minier put his name in the running and was selected to partner with Tacoma, a German Shepherd/Malamute mix. 

Tacoma is a dual-purpose dog, able to track suspects and find narcotics. 

“He’s always with me. He stays with me 24/7. He’s my responsibility.” Minier said. “The more I’m around him the more I understand his behavior and he understands how to work with me as well.” 

Minier is proud to be able to help the city’s k9 program grow. He is the first of two k9s the city now has. The second, Niko, is finishing up his training requirements. 

Plans also are underway to bring a third dog to the city as well. 


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