Meet Wyatt, a German shepherd training to be Orange PD’s newest K-9 member

The title K9 is a homophone to the word canine and is another word for a dog who is trained to assist police and other law-enforcement branches. Some of the K9’s duties are to search for drugs and explosives, find missing people, locate crime scene evidence, and protect their handlers. K9s’ are one of the most essential forces in the police force and the military. K9s’ are mostly German shepherds because of their size, bite force, and a large sense of smell. In addition to German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepards are also common police dogs. K9s are not just used in the US but are also used in other countries such as Australia, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia. In Orange County, K9s are frequently used to stop crime. A typical scenario where Orange’s canine cops come into play is at the end of a pursuit, Osborn said. These chases can often end in a standoff with the suspect. If it’s too dangerous for officers to approach, the dogs can quickly move in and disarm the suspect. Police dogs are not put through as much grueling training as police, but they are pushed to their limits and using all their strength for their training to help the community. Wyatt’s main companion is Officer Mick Osborn of the Orange Police Department, is training his new partner to join the task force. Some officers get to be partners with police dogs as well as partners OPD’s newest recruit is Wyatt, who is a 16-month-old German shepherd who started training with Osborn three weeks ago. Wyatt was adopted with financial support from the Community Foundation of Orange. He will become a true member of the OPD’s K-9 unit once he finishes his six-week training program. When Wyatt is not working or training, he will act just like a normal puppy. Wyatt is like any other dog and will tear up places if he is left alone in a room and he eats all of his favorite treats. Seeing his favorite toys makes his ears perk up and his tail wag. o far, Osborn and Wyatt’s training has covered basic obedience and some scenario work for criminal apprehension. In the coming weeks, Wyatt will also learn how to track suspects, search buildings and detect narcotics. In March, Wyatt will become part of Osborn’s family including his wife, 2 children, and 3 rescue dogs. Ultimately he will also become Osborn’s fully-fledged partner. Together they will help eradicate Orange County of crime.