PHOTO OF THE DAY: Next Generation Of BCSO K9’s

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ABOVE: A very proud “grandfather” Sgt. Mike Green, supervisor of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, along with his partner Bosco, father of the next generation of Brevard County K-9’s

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – At the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Units are an essential tool in the fight against crime.

Sgt. Mike Green, supervisor of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit. (BCSO image)

Sgt. Mike Green, supervisor of the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit. (BCSO image)

A canine’s superior sense of smell allows them to not only detect miniscule odors undetectable by their human law enforcement counterparts, but to distinguish these odors from an array of distracting and/or more powerful odors.

Their keen eyesight, used in the wild to detect prey, supplements this sense of smell to make them unmatched locating tools. Canines are not only intelligent and trainable, but they adapt well to new and changing situations, a constant in the unpredictable world of law enforcement.

The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit has 17 K-9 teams that are individually assigned to different precincts throughout Brevard County.

These K-9 teams are composed of a handler assigned to a specific canine partner. Currently, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office utilizes canines of several common working breeds. Three Labrador Retrievers are utilized as single purpose explosive detection canines, although they are also cross-trained in tracking to utilize for missing person tracks.

The 13 remaining K-9 teams utilize German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois, which are dual-purpose patrol and narcotics detection canines.

BELOW VIDEO: The K9 Unit Helps Law Enforcement In Many Ways

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