Police K9 Unit

Meet Case Western Reserve University's first K9 police officer, Spartie!

K9 Officer Jimiyu Edwards

Edwards and Spartie

K-9 Officer Jimiyu Edwards' police career began in 2006 as part of the initial CWRU police department. Throughout his law enforcement career, he received training in special weapons and tactics (SWAT) and also became an instructor for ASP baton, pepper spray, and handcuffing. K9 Officer Edwards has also worked in the role as a Field Training Officer. In October of 2022, he became the university's first K-9 Handler. 

Passions/Hobbies: Edwards enjoys training Spartie, fishing, boating, and music.

K9 Spartie

K9 Spartie is a Labrador Retriever born in Colombia on February 25, 2021. He came to the United States and began working with his handler, Officer Jimiyu Edwards of the Case Western Reserve Police Department, in October 2022. K9 Spartie is trained in explosive detection. 

The university community will see him out and about with his handler as they patrol campus (on foot and in a patrol car), scan suspicious items and perform protective sweeps for large campus events, such as commencement and concerts.

While on duty, he loves training exercises. He enjoys meeting the CWRU community and educating them about the work he does. Off duty, K9 Spartie enjoys spending time with his family. He is always ready to play!