BRG | Feb 1, 2024 | 0
Introducing our three new four-legged officers: Meet K9 Riggs, K9 Dutch and K9 Suge
K9 Riggs is a 12-month-old Malinois mix from Poland with the original kennel name of “Borko.” K9 Dutch is an 11-month-old Dutch Shepherd from the Czech Republic with the original kennel name of Pa’rduc. And K9 Suge is a 17-month-old German Shepherd from Hungary with the original kennel name of Nero. These three K9s are replacements through attrition.
These K9s arrived from their respective countries to the Shallow Creek Kennels in Western Pennsylvania where two Beaverton police officers who are experienced in working with K9s were sent to screen and test dogs from a pool of several the vendor had on hand to find our newest K9s. Although these K9s had minimal training, our officers selected them for their temperament, interest in a toy as a reward, and their social ability. The K9s tested in an urban environment among people and other dogs, along with also being exposed to several other sights and sounds that a police dog may encounter. Riggs, Dutch, and Suge passed all the tests with flying colors!
The three K9s will be completely trained for obedience and police work by the Beaverton Police Department certified trainers to meet the department and Oregon Police Canine Association standards. Once fully trained, the three K9s will be able to:
- Track and locate persons that have fled on foot from crime scenes,
- Back up other officers on alarm calls,
- Search buildings for hiding suspects,
- Locate lost or missing persons,
- And conduct security checks of our parks, neighborhoods, and businesses.
When not doing those tasks, Riggs, Dutch, and Suge will be spending time on community outreach projects and demonstrations for school children, community groups, and other events like National Night Out.
The 10-week long K9 handler course that the K9s and their handlers will need for their basic training started on October 9. By the end of the class in mid-December, the K9s and their handlers will have passed their initial certification through the Oregon Police Canine Association. After that, the teams will be recertified each year going forward to ensure they stay proficient and above standards.