K-9 Arrow would do some serious damage to a suspect he catches who isn’t wearing special multi-layer gear that Arrow cannot chew through. All it took for Arrow to catch the suspect was direction from his handler Gordon Carroll.
On June 12, Back the Blue, formed in Colorado in 2016 to provide financial support to law enforcement K-9 units and help local police and sheriffs obtain K-9s, held a benefit called Heroes with Paws. The goal of the event was to raise money to support the Greenwood Village Police Department K-9s, as well as those of the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Arapahoe County Deputy Sheriff Kelly Draper’s K-9 Kilo has a muzzle that looks like very sharp teeth.
For the second year in a row, Kuni Lexus of Greenwood Village hosted the event and Darby Kelly, Senior Manager, Administrative Services for CoBank at 6340 S. Fiddlers Green Circle in Greenwood Village organized the event, which included hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and a silent auction. Sixty people attended and got to meet eight K-9s and their handlers, as well as observe demonstrations of how the dogs assist law enforcement with apprehending suspects and finding illegal drugs.
K-9 Riggs looks to GVPD Officer Jeff Mulqueen for direction and praise.
Police dogs, or K-9s, play a vital role in law enforcement. Trained primarily for tracking and catching suspects and sniffing out illegal drugs, the breeds we see most in our area are German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois. Like humans, dogs use all their senses, but their ability to smell and hear is more acute than ours and they can see ten times better than us in the dark. Dogs used as K-9s are expensive to buy and train. One of the newest members of the team at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, two-year-old K-9 Arrow, is partnered with Deputy Sheriff Gordon Carroll, who has handled K-9s for 11 years. Carroll told the gathering that Arrow cost $6,500 to buy and $50,000 to train. He also shared that the motto for using K-9s is “paws before boots,” meaning, in a high-risk situation, officers prefer to send in dogs to seek out suspects or dangerous substances before they risk the lives of their human officers.
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