SUPERIOR, Wis. – The K-9 operation has returned to Northland for its eighth year, presenting the public with a display of the talent of police dogs from across the region.
Attending were K-9s and their handlers from five local law enforcement agencies: St. Louis County, Douglas County, Duluth Police, Superior Police and Hermantown.
“It’s a great time, it’s something dogs love to do. So for them, they get the greatest reward. It’s what they do day in and day out and for them to have other people watching and experiencing what we go through every day is a pretty cool feeling for us and the dogs,” Duluth Police Department Explosive Detection K- 9 Handler, Officer Jeremy O’Connor said.
K-9 demonstrations included such acts of drug detection, apprehension work, and tracking.
For Officer Jeremy O’Connor’s partner, Kallie, her specialty is explosive detection work.
“She’ll search for explosives and search that way,” O’Connor said.
In addition to watching demonstrations, attendees also had the opportunity to meet the dogs, bounce in bouncy houses, sample freshly cooked food, and bid on items at silent auctions.
“I think it’s just vital to show the community what their jobs are and how important they are. So every dog we have has a vital role and not only can they watch the demonstrations and understand what they do and how they do it, but they can also meet the dogs if they want to, so it’s a another plus,” O’Connor said.
The event is hosted by the Northland K-9 Foundation which supports local law enforcement by purchasing dogs and updating training equipment and supplies.
If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so by visiting their website at www.northlandk9.org.