Partners for Life
10-7 K9 Association helps CCPD's canine officersPosted: Mar 14, 2016 1:36 PM CDTUpdated: Mar 14, 2016 6:31 PM CDT
By Dr. Brad Hoffman
Sr. Officer Jonathon McGinley and his K9 partner, Tanja. (KRIS)] Sr. Officer Jonathon McGinley and his K9 partner, Tanja. (KRIS)
CORPUS CHRISTI -
Kim Parker and her husband brought the 10-7 K9 association program here to the Coastal Bend to help local law enforcement with it's K-9s and their human partners. "It's something my husband, Scott, and I are very passionate about. These dogs are wonderful and so we like to do what we can to give back to them and to the two legged officers" said Parker. Some of the things the association does is help provide the officers with the tools they need, such as food and vet services for retired dogs, to hot car alarms; where an alarm sounds when the units temperature reaches a certain degree and aid with training costs.
CCPD has 5 K-9 dogs, including Tanja who sniffs out narcotics. Sr. Officer Jonathon McGinley said, "they can find from a couple of seeds of marijuana to several thousand pounds." Sr. Officer McGinley adds that the dogs are trained using a reward system. "You build on the dogs natural instinct...so to the dog they are not looking for drugs they are not looking for money they are not looking for a bad guy. What they are looking for is a toy and a reward."
Today Tanja will sniff out some heroin. The box of drugs is hidden under a park bench. From the time she was released til the time she paces back and forth, which indicates she has found something... 13 seconds. Good enough to get a toy and send a bad guy to jail.
For more information concerning 10-7 K-9 Association you may go to their website located at http://www.10-7k9.org/
10-7 K9 Association