Burbank K-9 Unit Is Moving On Up

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank’s K-9 Officer Joel Rodriguez, whose partner is Kimo, recently moved up to a much nicer vehicle, a 2014 Chevy Tahoe specially equipped for K-9 use.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank police found the need to change from a patrol car to a much larger roomier Chevy Tahoe. The required equipment that a K-9 officer has to carry in the trunk of a Ford Crown Victoria was put to its limit.

Specialty equipment for dogs includes specific leashes and trainings aids including padded bite suits, padded arms. In addition to the training equipment, the new Tahoe has extra air conditioning units and a much larger area for the dog to ride along.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The K-9 handler also carries on his belt a remote control to open the windows automatically in the case he needs the dog and is unable to get back to the vehicle. The remote control also has the capability to keep the handler aware of the temperature in the back of the vehicle for safety.

The police department took delivery of one of the Chevy Tahoes this past month after new decals were applied. The K-9 and his partner rolled out using the new truck.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank currently has two K-9 officers that work patrol and several special teams. The K-9 officer not only assists on patrol but they also help in serving search warrants and many other duties.

Both K-9 officers and their partners along with the new and old K-9 vehicles will be on display during the upcoming Hoof & Woof Walk on Saturday, April 19, at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Gallery of pictures by Chief Photographer Ross A. Benson