Why do we bother using police dogs at all? For one thing, their sense of smell is almost 50 times more sensitive than a human's. A dog can sniff out criminals, drugs, weapons, and bombs in situations where a human officer would have to search every inch, a dangerous and time consuming task. In addition to sensitivity, a dog's sense of smell is picky. It can discern a specific scent even when there are dozens of other scents around. Drug smugglers have tried to fool drug-sniffing dogs in towels soaked with perfume, but the dogs find the drugs anyways. Dogs come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes, and not every breed of dog is suited for police work. The Brownsville Independent School District Police & Security Services Department currently has six K-9 teams to support field operations in the search for narcotics. Police dogs are the best of the best; their handlers are carefully chosen too. The police dog and his handler together make up a K-9 Unit.
K-9 Officer Ruger
Ruger is a 4-year old male Labrador Retriever. He was born in Denver, Colorado and was selected by Worldwide Canine as a candidate trained in odor detection. He joined the BISD Police Department family in 2018 two days after arriving to Texas. He is trained in detecting narcotics. K-9 Ruger is now paired with Police K-9 handler Jaime Davalos. K-9 Ruger is always ready to get to work to detect illegal drugs here at BISD. He currently resides with Officer Davalos and his family and enjoys his time off running and playing with his family other family dogs.
K-9 Officer Pike
Pike is a 3-year old male Belgian Malinois. He was selected from Worldwide Canine and joined the BISD Police Department family on October 2019. He received training in detecting narcotics. K-9 Pike is now paired with Police K-9 handler Ray Nieto. K-9 Pike loves his job but looks forward to clocking out and running away from his handler. He currently resides with Officer Nieto and his family and loves to play with his red kong toy and other family dogs.
K-9 Officer Aggy
Aggy is a 4-year old female German Shepherd. She was selected from Worldwide Canine and joined the BISD Police Department family on November 2018. She received top training in detecting of narcotics by our department K-9 trainers. K-9 Aggy is now paired with Police K-9 handler Jose Galvan. K-9 Aggy is always ready to do her job to keep BISD students and staff safe. She currently resides with Officer Galvan and his family and enjoys her time off.