Jul 28, 2014

Concord's K-9 Teams — Officer Kevin Halm and Barri

Meet the K-9 teams of the Concord Police Department in this weekly Q&A. This week: Officer Kevin Halm explains how much K-9 Barri loves his job.

Concord's K-9 Teams — Officer Kevin Halm and Barri

The Concord Police Department has had a K-9 unit since 1965. Police dogs are used for narcotics detection, searches and protection work, as well as demonstrations at public events. Read more about CPD's K-9 unit on Concord Patch. 

There are currently six K-9 teams in the Concord Police Department, and each one will be profiled in this weekly feature. Today, meet Officer Kevin Halm and his K-9 Barri:

Officer name: Kevin Halm 

K-9 name: Barri

How long you have been a police officer?: Almost six years

Other PD assignments you have had/have: Armorer/ Firearms Instructor

How long you and your K-9 have been working together?: A little over one year

K-9 breed: German Shepherd

K-9 weight: 75 lbs

K-9 country of origin: The Netherlands

K-9 command language: Dutch

K-9 titles or certifications: KNPV-Met lof

K-9 favorite toy: Kongs

K-9 favorite play/off-duty activity: Lounging on the couch

K-9 favorite treat: Hotdogs

What is the best thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: Knowing my dog can help make dangeroussituations safer for officers and the public.

What is the worst thing about being a CPD K-9 handler?: Dealing with the quirky nature of apartner that doesn’t speak your language.

What is one thing the public likely doesn't know about Police K-9s and/or the CPD K-9 unit?: When it comes down to it police K9’s view their work as a game. It isn’t work to them so much as it is fun.

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