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13-164 Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Recognizes Six K-9 Graduates From Local Agencies

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
K-9 Unit
Deputy Brad Byers
-K-9 “Hector”

Deputy Jacob Viano
-K-9 “Chief”

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office
-Deputy Jeff Andrews
-K-9 “Valor”

Tarpon Springs Police Department
-Officer Tommy Nguyen
-K-9 “Dobies”

Pinellas Park Police Department
-Officer Joshua Pringle
-K-9 “Nyko”

St. Petersburg Police Department
-Officer Jonathan Vazquez
-K-9 “Ares”

Six K-9’s and their new partners completed four months of training and were given certificates of completion during their recent graduation ceremony.

The K-9’s completed their training and held their graduation ceremony at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Compound located at 3410 118th Avenue in Pinellas Park.

The K-9 graduation was held on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

The two newest members of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and four of their friends from local agencies recently completed training and were recognized during a graduation ceremony held on Thursday, July 25, 2013. The ceremony was held at the Sheriff’s Office K-9 Compound located at 3410 118th Avenue in Pinellas Park.

Six K-9’s were recognized for their hard work during their recent training session that was held over a four-month period of time. During their training, the K-9’s are taught a variety of skills to help catch a bad guy. The K-9’s learn obedience commands, bite work, search work to include area and building searches, tracking and human odor response. After being on the road and patrolling the streets with their partners, some K-9’s will be given the opportunity to continue their training in narcotic and explosive detection.

K-9’s from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, Tarpon Springs Police Department, Pinellas Park Police Department and St. Petersburg Police Department were give a certificate of completion and will soon be called for duty.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has two new K-9’s that will be fighting crime on all fours very shortly. K-9 “Hector” and his new partner Deputy Brad Byers will begin their patrol Monday, July 29, 2013. K-9 “Chief” and his new partner Deputy Jacob Viano will begin their patrol on Saturday, August 3, 2013.

K-9 Graduation July 25, 2013

PCSO Deputy J. Viano, K-9 “Chief,” Pinellas Park PD Officer J. Pringle, K-9 “Nyko,” Tarpon Springs PD Officer T. Nguyen, K-9 “Dobies,” St. Petersburg PD Officer J. Vazquez, K-9 “Ares,” PCSO Deputy B. Byers, K-9 “Hector,” HCSO Deputy J. Andrews, K-9 “Valor













K-9 "Hector" and K-9 "Chief"

Deputy Byers with K-9 “Hector” and Deputy Viano with K-9 “Chief”

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