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Cops and Canines 2007
by Stormy on August 26, 2007

An unsung hero of many police forces is the dog. Fast, strong, loyal and the owner of a good nose, the dog has been an innovation to crime fighting like no other.

Like many other police departments, Aurora Police uses dogs to assist them with apprehending criminals, finding narcotics and identifying bombs. Dogs are hard workers, finding a reward in a job well done. There's nothing like hearing "good boy!" after you had a long run, tackled somebody and latched on to them until your lumbering two-legged partner caught up and made you stop playing. Dogs make great cops. The downside is that getting, equipping and training them costs a lot of money. Over a decade ago the Aurora Police Department, in conjunction with the Aurora Citizens' Police Academy Alumni Association, devised a plan to hold a fundraiser to support this valuable program. The price of a good police dog alone is on the order of $5,000 and that's the least of the expenses incurred to develop a valuable member of the police force. Each year a restaurant in Aurora hosts Cops and Canines, a day long event where police dogs demonstrate what they do best and the spectators do what the average American does best -- eat! 25% of the receipts, tips and all proceeds from an auction and regular donations go to assist with the city's K-9 program. For the life of this program, every single dog obtained by Aurora Police has been a product of this program.

Some of the dogs in the program parade in front of spectators. Aurora Police tends to use German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois.
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
A dog and his best friend - a crook! Or in this case, a guy in a big puffy suit.
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
Pretend like there's a bad guy with a stick...
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
...and man's best friend.
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
Someone has to apprehend the crook!
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
Yep. They got the stick back.
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
Dogs love to work with SWAT, too.
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
"Excuse me, sir, can you get your dog off my arm?"
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
The Castle Rock Police K-9 unit came out to support Aurora Police. Stormy likes all police cars.
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
An Aurora Police K-9 unit is pretty cool, too.
(taken by Jennifer on August 26, 2007)
Aurora cops get to use really cool motorcycles. Stormy had to try this one out.
(taken by Max on August 26, 2007)
An Aurora Police supervisor SUV. This is the new style paint job that all cars are being converted to.
(taken by Max on August 26, 2007)
Aurora Fire came out to support their police friends. While they were away, Stormy climbed up on their engine.
(taken by Max on August 26, 2007)
Yes, police dogs think that marmots are cute. What's the muzzle for?
(taken by Max on August 26, 2007)


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