While we reflect on the lives of our brothers, sisters, and K9 partners who have paid the ultimate sacrifice let’s remember the good that comes from our profession. As my Sergeant says everyday in roll call, have a plan. Treat everyone with respect but know that people are out there to kill you. Mentally prepare for any life and death situation that you may encounter. To all K9 handlers; I do not need to remind you of the first lesson we learned, trust your K9 partner. Trust the bond. Trust each other.
To my fellow handlers and K9’s who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, thank you and rest in peace.
About The Author:
Chris Watkins started his law enforcement career as a police officer in our Nation’s Capital before moving his family west. In DC he worked with the Major Narcotics Unit as well as performing undercover assignments in the Street Robbery Unit. In his new location he was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit with the majority of his duties encompassing narcotics investigations and doing more undercover work. Currently he’s assigned as a K-9 handler for his agency. He’s an active member of the USPCA, FOP and FAAM.