Edmonds’ newest K9 makes quick impact
It didn’t take long for the newest member of the Edmonds Police Department K9 unit to have an impact.
On Jan. 6, one week after obtaining their K9 certification, Hobbs and his handler, Officer Jason Robinson, responded to assist the Lynnwood Police Department on a search for a felony warrant suspect.
Within a few minutes, Hobbs located the suspect hiding in some brush on a hillside a few blocks from where she was last scene. She was arrested without further incident.
Hobbs and Officer Robinson started training together in October 2013. Hobbs was 17 months old when the department got him in September 2013 with money donated by the Edmonds Police Foundation along with a K9 stuffed animal fundraiser to purchase Hobbs.
Robinson and Hobbs replaced another successful K9 team, Sgt. McClure and his K9 partner Dash.
After Sgt. McClure was promoted, Dash was retired, allowing him to become a full-time member of the McClure household.
After successfully completing the 390 hours of K9 training, Hobbs and Robinson had their certification test on Dec. 30, 2013, which they passed with flying colors, Sgt. Mark Marsh said.
The following week, both of them hit the road. They now are working nights where they both hope to continue the immediate success that Hobbs displayed on their first week together.