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Rockford's Retired K9s 

The people of Rockford thank you for your service.  May you live out your days in a world of love, comfort and play.

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About K9 Dax

Handler:  Officer Stedman

From: Holland

Breed: Belgian Malinois 

Age: 3.5 years

Tenure: 3 years

Specialty: Tracking, Criminal Apprehension

Favorite Toy:  Tennis Ball

Favorite Pastime: Playing Fetch

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K9  Video Corner
(check back frequently for new videos of our K9s
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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