Zionsville Police Dept. adds new four-legged member Mika

Officer Stutesman and Mika
The Zionsville Police Dept.’s newest member, K-9 Mika, is assigned to ZPD officer Josh Stutesman.(Submitted photos)

The Zionsville Police Dept. K-9 Mika is a 1-year-old Belgian Malinois/German shepherd mix from Hungary. Mika trained at Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind., and is efficient in drug detection, tracking and protecting other officers. Mika’s handler is ZPD officer Josh Stutesman, who previously worked with K-9 Jelka, who was euthanized due to incurable cancer during the summer. Stutesman and Mika have completed a six-week training course and will begin working together on patrol soon. The department has one other K-9, Thor. “Our department was happy to welcome K-9 Mika to the force in November,” ZPD Chief Michael Spears stated. “ZPD was able to purchase Mika with a very generous donation by a local family. K-9 Mika and her handler Corporal Josh Stutesman have been diligently training over the past six weeks. ZPD is excited to have Mika on our team and there is no doubt, with Corporal Stutesman as her handler, she will quickly find her way into the hearts of Zionsville.”