A police dog is specifically trained to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work.
Police dogs, often known as a “K-9” or “K9” (abbreviation of “canine”), are in widespread use across the United States and other countries. K-9 units are operated on the federal, state, county, and local level and are utilized for a wide variety of duties. Their duties generally include drug, bomb, and weapon detection and cadaver searches. The most common police dogs used for everyday duties are German Shepherds, although other breeds are used to perform specific tasks.
In California, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit began in 1986 with a single German Shepherd and has since grown to include eight working K-9 teams at stations throughout Ventura County. The K-9s that serve on these teams are expertly trained to navigate hard-to-reach areas and quickly locate suspects, evidence, narcotics and missing people — helping officers perform their jobs more safely and effectively.
In this public service announcement (PSA), Deputy Jon Carver and K-9 partner, Tommy, seek additional support for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
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