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.
About K9 Dax
Handler: Officer Stedman
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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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.