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New Drug Detection K9 "Sassy" (Photo) - 01/09/20

Bend Police have a new Drug Detection K9 “Sassy” that is working our streets with Officer Perkins.


In October 2019, Officer Perkins was selected as a Drug Detection Dog handler and was certified through the Washington Department of Corrections 240 hour handler school.  Officer Perkins has been a police officer for over 14 years and is a Force Tactics Instructor with our department.  He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  While at handler school, Officer Perkins met “Sassy”.


K9 Sassy is a rescue dog from the Blue Mountain Humane Society located in Walla Walla, Washington. She was brought in as a stray and was never reclaimed. She is believed to be 2-3 years old, and is likely a mix of Australian Kelpie and other breeds. Her drive to work is outstanding and is part of what makes her a good fit for this role.


K9 Sassy is certified through both Washington State Police Canine Association and the Oregon Police Canine Association. This dynamic duo is now back in Bend, and out on the street working with their patrol team. In her time off, K9 Sassy enjoys spending time with her family and relaxing on the couch.


Our drug detection K9's (Sassy and Ladybug) are responsible for locating narcotics in vehicles, closed packages, in buildings, and at crime scenes.  They are specially trained to detect specific types of drug odors, and to alert their handler to their presence.  As members of the Patrol team, they are able to quickly respond to traffic stops where there may be drugs in a vehicle.  All of our K9 teams train weekly, and deploy often to assist members of our department or other Central Oregon agencies.


Submitted by: Lt. McConkey

Attached Media Files: Sassy , Sassy and Officer Perkins
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