Inside The Story: It’s a Family Affair for K-9 Pups
(KUTV) A family lineage of K-9 officers is being made at the West Valley City Police Department. Officers at the department are betting that great police work really is in the blood.
While training future police dogs is nothing new, this is a first for the West Valley Police Department; they are training two pups from the same litter to become K-9 officers, but following in their father's steps will be no easy matter.
Hade and Cain are learning the skill of attacking a treating suspect; it's a scenario that takes months to master. Their father, Taz, 9, is a veteran on the police force. He's helping with the training of the pups. Police are hoping these pups will learn from their father and will help them become prepared to protect the city.
"We are excited, the dad has been successful so we're hoping that the kids will do the same thing." said K-9 officer Kelley Dillinger. The dogs are Belgium Malinois and they may appear to be a bit same, but once trained they are highly effective.
The pups are doing a great job finding simulated suspects and learning to bite the blue arm protector, but when it comes to a full body attack the pups aren't ready. That's a job for Taz, he shows the pups when to bark, when to bite, when to come back to his master and how to back him up should his handler suddenly get attacked. Even if Taz is in the patrol car he still knows how to come to the aid of his partner. Officer Hoover can click a button on his belt which opens up the side door of his car, allowing Taz to come to his aid.
Purchasing the pups from the local breeder is a huge savings for the city. Buying a police dog from a different vendor could cost in the area of $12,000; these pups where only $800 apiece. The pups still have another year or more before they will graduate from the academy, and right now there is still no guarantee that they will pass.
By: Dan Rascon
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)