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 Matt Rose and his K-9 Pax:
Officer name: Matthew Rose
K-9 name: Brito Zunaro
K-9 nickname: Pax
How long you have been a police officer?: 11 years
Other PD assignments you have had/have: Field Training Officer, SET Officer, SWAT, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Taser Instructor
How long you and your K-9 have been working together?: Two years
K-9 breed: German Shepherd
K-9 weight: 73 lbs
K-9 country of origin: Czech Republic
K-9 command language: Czech
K-9 titles or certifications: Czech Schutzhund II, Narcotics detection
K-9 favorite toy: Kong
K-9 favorite play/off-duty activity: Going for walks.
K-9 favorite treat: Nature’s Variety raw bones
What is the best thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: Seeing children get excited when they see the K-9 car and say things like, “Wow! You have a police dog!”
What is the worst thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: The constant swirling of dog hair that floats around the car.
What is one thing the public likely doesn't know about Police K-9s and/or the CPD K-9 unit?: The Police K-9s are not attack dogs and their job is to save lives of citizens and officers.