The Concord Police Department has had a K-9 unit since 1965. Police dogs are used for narcotics detection, searches and protection work, as well as demonstrations at public events. Read more about CPD's K-9 unit on Concord Patch.
There are currently six K-9 teams in the Concord Police Department, and each one will be profiled in this weekly feature. Today, meet Cpl. David Sweany and his K-9 Buster:
Officer name: David Sweany
K-9 name: Buster
How long you have been a police officer?: 23 years
Other PD assignments you have had/have: Patrol/ Patrol K9/SET K9
How long you and your K-9 have been working together?: Since December 2007
K-9 breed: Belgian Malinois
K-9 date of birth: November 2004
K-9 weight: 62 lbs
K-9 country of origin: The Netherlands
K-9 command language: Dutch
K-9 titles or certifications: KNPV-Met lof (certification with honors) 430 points out of a possible 440 points.
K-9 favorite toy: Anything he can chase
K-9 favorite play/off-duty activity: Sleeping
K-9 favorite treat: Hotdogs
What is the best thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: My partner will always love me, no matter how bad I mess things up.
What is the worst thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: Good or bad, whatever my partner does reflects on me… and I have had my share of bad.
What is one thing the public likely doesn't know about Police K-9s and/or the CPD K-9 unit?: The CPD police dogs are utilized in a variety of ways. Public relations are an area where the dogs are used more than people know. They have and continue to build bridges between our citizens and the Police Department.