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 Officer Kevin Halm and his K-9 Barri:
Officer name: Kevin Halm
K-9 name: Barri
How long you have been a police officer?: Almost six years
Other PD assignments you have had/have: Armorer/ Firearms Instructor
How long you and your K-9 have been working together?: A little over one year
K-9 breed: German Shepherd
K-9 weight: 75 lbs
K-9 country of origin: The Netherlands
K-9 command language: Dutch
K-9 titles or certifications: KNPV-Met lof
K-9 favorite toy: Kongs
K-9 favorite play/off-duty activity: Lounging on the couch
K-9 favorite treat: Hotdogs
What is the best thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: Knowing my dog can help make dangeroussituations safer for officers and the public.
What is the worst thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: Dealing with the quirky nature of apartner that doesn’t speak your language.
What is one thing the public likely doesn't know about Police K-9s and/or the CPD K-9 unit?: When it comes down to it police K9’s view their work as a game. It isn’t work to them so much as it is fun.