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Feb 07

Newport News Police Department Welcomes Four New K-9s

Posted on February 7, 2018 at 9:46 AM by Daniel Kvaternik

On January 18, members of the Newport News Police K-9 Unit traveled to Ventosa Kennel, Inc. in North Carolina where they spent the day testing K-9 candidates to join the team. When officers arrived at the facility, they were given a list of 12 dogs they could choose to test throughout the day. Officers met the dogs and after seeing their interactions with the officers, decided to test seven K-9s. The testing consisted of a number of drills that required problem-solving, determination and obedience. The K-9 officers, along with their dogs, work with the officers on patrol. The dogs are trained to protect the handler and other nearby officers, when needed and through skillful training, they will assist an officer even without being called. The dogs are extremely useful when searching buildings, fields, parks, etc. and fleeing or hiding suspects who are often armed. They can also be used to track the direction of travel of a fleeing suspect.

Following the first series of tests, the list was narrowed down and six made the cut for further testing. At end of the day, four new K-9s were chosen, paired with their new partners and brought back to Newport News. Please join us in welcoming our newest four-legged recruits to the department: Taz, a 13-month-old Malinois from Poland, is assigned to Master Police Officer J. Wright and will be a dual-purpose canine specializing in patrol and bomb detection; Chaos, a 14-month-old Dutch Shepherd from the Netherlands, is assigned to Officer C. Carter and will be trained in patrol; Kane, a 13-month-old Malinois from Poland, is assigned to Officer N. Jefferson and will be a dual-purpose canine specializing in patrol and narcotics detection; and Jakk, a 1-year-old German Shepherd from Poland, is assigned to Master Police Officer G. Ruhlen and will be a dual-purpose canine trained in both patrol and bomb detection.

The K-9s and their new handlers have already started their training, so be sure to watch the Facebook page for updates.

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In order from left to right: Taz, Chaos, Kane, Jakk