K-9 Kurt

IMG_0101Name: K-9 “KURT”

Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix (Male)

DOB: May 17, 2004

Agency: ATF/2 Federal Agencies

Disciplines: Single Purpose Explosives Detection

Formal Schooling and Certifications: K-9 KURT was paired with his handler at the 8 week ATF Explosives Detection Course in Front Royal, VA, in the fall of 2006. KURT certified on ATF operational searches, as well as the NORT. He was additionally certified through the International Police Work Dog Association, which was conducted by the Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department.

Additional Information: K-9 KURT and his litter of eight pups were originally bred and raised to be service dogs in the spring of 2004. As a puppy , KURT was soon selected to become part of The Seeing Eye program in Morristown, NJ, as a guide dog for the blind. At some point early in his Seeing Eye career, it became apparent that Kurt was better suited for detection work and was sent to the ATF K-9 Training Center in Front Royal, VA. In the fall of 2006 , Kurt was paired with his handler, a federal police officer who worked in downtown Washington, DC.

Upon graduation from ATF K-9 training, KURT and his handler began working at a federal building searching deliveries, vehicles, unattended packages and assisting in search warrants. One of the highlights of KURT’s first few years working was being at the 2009 Presidential Inauguration on Pennsylvania Ave. He also assisted members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Kurt and his handler soon became involved in many aspects of police/community relations and he enjoyed meeting the public on a daily basis. KURT excelled at his work and interacting with people and was soon known as a representative of his agency throughout the DC area. He would pose for photos with people from all over the world and his handler would talk to tourists on the streets of DC about police officers and the work that K-9s do. KURT and his handler conducted many demonstrations for the public at various events and were featured in a Washington Post photo spread. KURT’s handler took great pride in representing his agency and the police K-9 community and wrote a children’s book in 2010 about a fictional police K-9 named Hoover. The book is now sold at the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial gift shop in Washington, DC, where profits go to help the national police museum and memorial. Click here to purchase the book.

After serving for five years working in downtown Washington, KURT’s handler made the decision to leave their agency and transfer to another within the federal government and KURT transferred with him. KURT continued to serve and worked the 2013 Presidential Inauguration. After 2 ½ years at this new agency, KURT and his handler left federal service and returned to the Midwest. KURT was all business when working but enjoyed interacting with people when not conducting searches. KURT is now retired and lives with his former handler and family. He enjoys playing in the yard, swimming and lounging around after a great career.

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