Waveland Police Department welcomes Mako

The Waveland Police Department recently added a new furry officer to its ranks: Mako, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Mako will help the department apprehend felons, do building checks, and sniff out drugs in the area.

While Mako may be new to Waveland, he’s no stranger to the Coast. The K9 also served at Pass Christian Police Department until he was donated to the WPD nearly two months ago.

In Waveland, Mako has found a home with first-time canine handler Officer John DeSalvo. DeSalvo, who lives with his girlfriend and six-month-old baby boy, says Mako has had no problem settling in. “He looks after him. If he hears him crying, he’s going in the room to check on him. He’s transitioned pretty well and he’s took to the family quick. Who doesn’t like dogs? It’s just something I’ve always wanted to do from a young age. Said if I ever become a police officer, a canine officer is what I would want to be. So, here I am.”

Officer DeSalvo and Mako will head to Louisiana in January for a five-week training course.

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