Handler: Detective Lane Mings
Department: Galesburg Police Department
Function: drug detection, controlled aggression, articles, and tracking
Years Worked: 2013-2019
K-9 Ajax (Badge #162) retired with 6 years of dedicated service to the Citizens of Galesburg, IL and the Galesburg Police Department since 11/01/2013. K-9 Ajax retired to his handler Detective Lane Mings. K-9 Ajax is a Belgian Malinois with his birthday being 02/18/2012. Detective Lane Mings and K-9 Ajax attended the K-9 Academy at the Illinois State Police. K-9 Ajax is a dual-purpose canine and is certified in drug detection, controlled aggression, articles, and tracking. Detective Lane Mings and K-9 Ajax worked the city streets of Galesburg along with criminal interdiction on Interstate 74, Bus Station, and Amtrak Station. Detective Lane Mings and K-9 Ajax served as a team on the DEA Federal Task Force out of Springfield, IL for approximately two years.
Detective Lane Mings and K-9 Ajax have done the city of Galesburg proud. K-9 Ajax have seized approximately 1.4 million dollars in U.S. Currency associated from drug proceeds. K-9 Ajax has used his nose to track down criminals and has seized hundreds of pounds of cannabis as well as kilos of cocaine, meth, and heroin. K-9 Ajax has put several criminals behind bars on the state and federal level.
Detective Lane Mings / K-9 Ajax has received multiple awards as a team on the state and federal level:
Officer of the Year in 2013 from Knox County Crime Stoppers Award.
2014 and 2015 Largest Street Level seizure of U.S. Currency Award from National Criminal Enforcement Association (NCEA).
2015 National Criminal Enforcement Agency (NCEA) Street Level Officer of the Year.
Homeland Security “National Bulk Cash Smuggling Center” award for illicit bulk cash currency investigations.