The Hiller

Hiller becomes a member of TASD staff

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Hiller becomes a member of TASD staff

Hiller patiently lays beside his handler, Shaffer, as they teach Mr. Marino's health classes about school safety.

Hiller patiently lays beside his handler, Shaffer, as they teach Mr. Marino's health classes about school safety.

Krista LeBar

Hiller patiently lays beside his handler, Shaffer, as they teach Mr. Marino's health classes about school safety.

Krista LeBar

Krista LeBar

Hiller patiently lays beside his handler, Shaffer, as they teach Mr. Marino's health classes about school safety.

Trinity High School finally welcomed a new addition to our school district on December 10, in the form of a two-year-old Belgian Malinois named Hiller. Hiller has joined the Trinity community as a K-9 unit to help protect the students in all district buildings.

Hiller made his first appearance at the high school to begin his task of protecting students, keeping contraband from entering our schools and detecting other unauthorized possessions. These are examples of the tasks Hiller has been trained to complete, which also include tracking and apprehension.

“He’s a tool, he’s not a pet. But he is socialized as a part of his training, “ explains Officer Horner, head of security at the high school.

Hiller will be visiting all district buildings regularly, but he will usually begin his day at either the high school or the middle school. He will have his own cage at both buildings.

Hiller has completed 480 hours of training over a 12 week period culminating in a certification test on December 8. The training was very extensive, lasting around 10 hours per day, and took place in Oxford, Florida, courtesy of Police Service Dogs Inc.

This training certified him with the United States Police Canine Association, or the USPCA, allowing him to work inside a school and protect students.

Selecting a good dog to be trained as a K-9 unit is no easy task. The dog must be astute, focused and able to remain calm in stressful situations. Hiller was chosen for exhibiting these qualities that will be most beneficial as he fulfills his job.

Hiller’s handler, Officer Ben Shaffer explains, “His ability to stay calm, to be very clear, and to process information is why we selected him.”

Shaffer was Hiller’s trainer before he came to Trinity, and will continue to join him while working in our school district.

“He will give us another option, protect us and keep people from bringing contraband in,” shared Horner.

Students should not be surprised to see Hiller walking around the hallways and the entrances to the building as he works to protect Trinity students.

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