First Canine Officers Recognized For Their Work In AKC Canine Officer Program

Two canine officers were recognized for their work March 26 in Raleigh, North Carolina as part of AKC's new Canine Officer Program, which honors dogs who work in a public service role for government agencies. The two K-9s are the first dogs recognized by the new program that was introduced Feb. 16.

Sig, a German Shepherd Dog, and Hydro, a Labrador Retriever, were recognized for their work with the Wake County Sheriff's Office and were nominated by Bill Pfeiffer of the Raleigh Kennel Club. Also, The Raleigh Kennel Club donated $7,500 to the Wake County Sheriff's office to support the K-9 purchase and to also help with medical expenses of the retired K-9s.

K-9s Sig and Hydro
K-9 Sig (left) and K-9 Hydro (right) after receiving their recognition in Raleigh.

K-9 Hydro was partnered with Master Deputy James Smith in November 2012 and together they were certified as a Narcotic Detection K9 Team in 2013. Master Deputy Smith and K-9 Hydro have successfully intercepted approximately $40 million worth of narcotics in the 1,300 times they have been deployed during the past four years.

K-9 Sig has been partnered with Master Deputy Tim Bordeaux in October 2009. During K-9 Sig's six-year career, he has had more than 61 tracking finds, which include missing children, adults, and criminal suspects. He holds the record for the most tracking finds by a K-9 in the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

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Sgt. G. Wall, Master Deputy J. Williams, Master Deputy R. Wilbourne & K9 G Gracie,
Master Deputy J. Bordeaux & K9 Sig, Master Deputy J. Smith & K9 Hydro

 

Read more on the introduction of the Canine Officer Program here.

 

 

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