Last week we shared the story of Officer Sarah Boespflug’s first days with K9 Falko. Catch up here!
Six weeks after acclimating to a new life together, it was time for Officer Sarah Boespflug and K9 Falko to head to Michigan.
Certification by the North American Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) was the next and final step in solidifying their status as Madison’s newest K9 team. Without this certification, the team can’t continue working on the streets of Madison.
Sergeant Jeff Felt, who heads up the Madison Police K9 Unit, was confident they would make the grade.
“Sarah has a great attitude and a commitment to learn,” he said.
During this certification process, K9 teams are evaluated on all their patrol functions, including obedience, building searches, areas searches, aggression control, handler protection, article searches (locating evidence), and tracking.
“It was rewarding to see the two grow together as a team,” said Felt. “Sarah’s willingness to be flexible, along with her positive attitude, not only allowed this to work but exceeded my expectations.”
After passing certification at the end of February, the team began active duty in their patrol assignment with the West Community Policing Team! Sgt. Felt reports they’re off to a great start and continue to build on a strong foundation.
Stay tuned for a more in-depth, behind-the-scenes perspectives from Officer Boespflug — and others in the K9 Unit — in the near future!
Did you know…
Officer Boespflug’s and K9 Falko’s training is funded entirely by private donations made to Capital K9s!
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Pictured above: Officer Boespflug and K9 Falko training in Madison, WI. 3/1/17.
Photo credit: Tanner Gerstner/Tanner G. Photography