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Dec. 8, 2014

CSU police welcomes Rex to the department

By Jaclyn Seymour

Rex and caretaker Police Officer Ed StoltzCleveland State University Police Department welcomed a new addition to the force — a 15-month-old German Shepard from Czechoslovakia.

Police Captain Ronald Morenz said Rex, the Shepard, is a certified Explosive Detection Canine through the Ohio Peace Officers Training Commission.

“His main purpose is explosives detection and keeping the campus safe,” Morenz said. “He gives us the ability to sweep venues before we host events, which makes everything safer for our campus community.”

Morenz also said how he is a great public relations tool for the department.
“So far, he has been met with nothing but positive comments from the students he has met,” he said.

Rex was officially presented to the university during a ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 19 by the Ohio Department Police Safety Director John Born.

Back in August, the police department acquired Rex through a Homeland Security grant, but he did not begin his training until Oct. 13.

Rex was trained through Gold Shield Kennels in Columbus and is now supervised by Police Officer Edward Stoltz at all times.

“The past five weeks were very challenging and very rewarding,” Stoltz said on Cleveland State’s Tumblr page. “We became friends, and I know his capabilities and that he’ll do a good job protecting this community.”

According to Morenz, Rex will be on campus five days a week, depending on his training schedule.
He has already made appearances on campus, including the President’s Holiday Reception Wednesday, Dec. 3.

In addition to the canine, the Homeland Security grant also includes a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe to Cleveland State for police department travel, according to Morenz.

“We are in the process of taking delivery of that vehicle in the near future,” he said. “We were in the second group of state universities that accepted the grant and have canine teams deployed on their campuses.”