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YPD K-9 Trex continues training

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YAKIMA, WA- The Yakima Police Department K-9 Trex was just hired this past summer to replace Dexter. The police k-9 has already been deployed about 20 times with his handler Officer Mark McKinney to various SWAT and police callouts. 

The black German Shepherd's main job is to be a patrol dog; his best tool, his nose.  

He uses his nose to not only find people but to find evidence with a human's scent on it. "We'll just send him in to search buildings. They can find people in attics, crawl spaces, hiding spots, behind open doors closed doors," says Officer McKinney.

Any chance Officer McKinney gets while he's out on patrol he trains Trex. One of the most common exercises is tracking.

Local business donate their facilities for both Trex & McKinney to train on. A track is set using a ball, Trex is attached to a long leash, and his goal is to find that ball. 

Prior to being hired by YPD, Trex needed to complete 200 hours of training and take a certification test with his handler.  

"He is still pretty young and there's a lot to learn to get him to the level my last dog was at," McKinney says. YPD's last K-9 was Dexter. Dexter had been with the department since February of 2012, and just retired in May. 

Even though the young pup has only been on the department for a few months he's well on his way to filling the shoes Dexter left behind.

Officer McKinney tells us he hopes many see what an asset it is to have Trex with the department. If you do see Trex out on patrol you are asked not to pet him.