Folks attending the Kitsap County fair will have a chance to meet law enforcement of the four legged kind.
The K9 units of Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO)and Bremerton Police Department will be demonstrating some of the skills and training the dogs and the officers undergo to be prepared while in the field at Presidents Hall.
“We will be demonstrating some obedience training, evidence search training, tracking and apprehending suspects,” said Lt. Earl Smith of Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.
KSCO will have two dogs on hand, German Shepherds Hiko and Blue.
“Dogs and their handlers go through about 400 hours of training to become part of the K9 unit, with an additional 16 hours of maintenance training,” Smith said.
Hiko’s career as a police dog is coming to a close at 9 years old. When he retires he will spend the rest of his days with his handler, KCSO Cpl. Aaron Baker.
“It pretty common for K9 handlers to adopt the dogs when their careers come to an end,” Smith said.
And like the Dalmatian is to the Fire Department, the German Shepherd is to the Police Department.
“We have had other types of dogs, like Labradors and Rottweilers, but the German Shepherd is our go to for tracking,” said Lt. Mike Davis of Bremerton Police Department.
Bremerton PD will be bringing three of its K9’s Remy, Loki and Esco.
After the demonstrations, all of the dogs will be available for the public to say hello to and love on.
“Our dogs are very social and love people,” Davis said.