The Midland ISD Police Department will introduce their newest addition to the department on Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 10:00 a.m at Grande Communications Stadium, West Parking Lot. Officer Lucas Mesa and Ziva, the newest member of the K-9 Division will be available for interviews and photos.
Officer Mesa has been an officer with the Midland Independent School District Police Department for approximately 2 years. Prior to his employment with Midland ISD, he was employed with the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and the Ector County District Attorney’s Office. His Canine partner Ziva, is a 2 year old female German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix. Ziva has been with the MISD Police Department for a few weeks and is certified with the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association.
Handlers along with their canines are required to undergo 400 hours of intensive training prior to deployment in the district. Canines are police officers with their own serial number, police officers badge and photo I.D. Canine teams maintain nationally recognized certifications through the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association.
The MISD Canine (K9) Unit consists of one officer and his canine partner. Officer Mesa and Ziva will work together to develop mutual trust and affection in order to become an effective narcotics interdiction team. The overall mission of the unit is to conduct narcotics interdiction throughout the district with the primary goal of insuring a safe and drug free environment for students as well as the staff. Officer Lucas and Ziva look forward to working together in battling the war on drugs.