PASCO, Wash. — Two eager dogs are on their way to becoming trained and certified as the newest additions to the Pasco police K9 unit.
The Pasco Police Department (PPD) welcomed K9 Officer Yukon a few months ago, with Ezra joining their ranks a few weeks later.
Sergeant Scott Warren said Pasco Police's K9 unit is traditionally only two dogs and two handlers, but these days Pasco has four dogs, and they're hoping for at least one more.
Warren said canines drastically increase their ability to protect the community, from tracking runaway criminals to sniffing out drugs.
"We'd love to have a K-9 unit with each shift, and ultimately maybe that is goal, so everybody can use it. That's the best tool we can have," he said.
Warren says training is going well and they're hoping to have both Yukon and Ezra patrolling Pasco in the next few weeks.
The pair has trained with officers at the Pasco and Walla Walla police departments, as well as with local firefighters.