OCTOBER 23, 2009 #09-047
8:30 A.M. DONALDSON
Alexandria Police K-9 Unit Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The Alexandria Police Department will be celebrating the K-9 Units 50th Anniversary with an open house on Monday, October 26, from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. The event will take place at the Police Department’s K-9 facility, located at 1108B Jefferson Street.
There will be a demonstration by current K-9 officers and their dogs. Light refreshments will also be served.
Alexandria became the first department in the metropolitan area to establish a K-9 team in 1959. Currently, the K-9 Unit has seven active teams and one in training. All of the dogs are trained for patrol, which includes searching buildings, tracking criminals and locating missing people. In addition to being patrol trained, three of the dogs are also trained in Narcotics Detection and one is cross trained in Explosives Detection.
Media is invited and encouraged to attend this celebration.
For further information, contact the Media Services Unit at 703.838.4636.