Precinct 8 initiated its canine program in June 2012 following a generous donation from K9s4Cops, a local organization that provides trained police dogs to agencies who would otherwise not be able to afford the costs. Upon being awarded a grant, our agency was able to obtain our first K9. Today, the team consists of 2 highly trained canines that are certified in unique K9 disciplines.
In 2015, Precinct 8 was once again selected by K9s4Cops to receive a grant for an additional K9. As a result, K9 "Evo" was selected by Precinct 8 from AMK9 in Anniston, Alabama. Evo is a Belgian Malinois born on 11/2/2012 in Holland. He is certified in Obedience, Article Search, Area Search, Tracking, Building Search, Aggression Control and Narcotics Detection. Evo began patrolling the streets of Precinct 8 in March 2015 and is currently paired with his handler, Deputy Troy Brinkley.
In December 2019, K9 "Duke" was added to the Precinct 8 K9 team. Duke is a Belgian Malinois and is trained in narcotics detection. Duke is the fourth K9 to be donated to our agency by K9s4Cops since 2012. During their October “Unleashed” fundraiser, J.P. and Aimee Monteverde provided the funding for the additional K9 and were able to choose his name in memory of their own beloved pet, Duke. Deputy Austin Breese was selected to be Duke’s handler and the duo completed training and certification in January 2020.
We would like to thank K9s4Cops for making this program a reality for our Department. To find out more about the work they are doing, please visit their website at k9s4cops.org.
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