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 E.O.W. 01/28/2024


Friends of Rockford Police K9 are saddened by the tragic loss of K9 Nyx on January 28, 2024 during the line of duty when she gave her life to protect her handler. Our hearts are with Nyx and her handler as we all mourn the loss of a true hero.

Nyx was funded by the many donors who support the Friends of Rockford Police K9 and are dedicated to the safety of our police force.

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K9  Video Corner
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at work and play)

Officer Geiken and Sully talk about the 2019 Friends of Rockford Police K9 fundraiser

Fun K9  Facts
  • A canine has the ability to smell 100,000 times stronger than a human.
  • A properly trained police dog saves 600-1000 man-hours every year.
  • K9 officers reduce the risk to human officers by alerting to danger long before a human can detect it.
  • A canine's presence often prevents escalation of force.
  • K9 handlers are more likely to be involved in a use of force incident than a regular deputy or patrol officer.
  • K9 officers may not know who the "bad guy" is so it is important to cooperate with police if you encounter one.
  • K9 officers live with their handlers.  This promotes a better bond, but they are not treated as a "pet."
  • Most K9 officers come from Europe.
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