Meet Palm Bay Police Department’s K-9 Sheba

By  //  March 25, 2015

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Sheba apprehended six suspects last year

Meet K-9 Officer Christopher Ortiz and his partner Sheba. Sheba is a 3 and half year old Dutch Shepherd. She's been with the Palm Bay Police Department for almost 3 years and with Officer Ortiz for a year and a half. (Palm Bay Police Department Facebook image)

Meet K-9 Officer Christopher Ortiz and his partner Sheba, who is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd. Sheba been with the Palm Bay Police Department for almost 3 years and with Officer Ortiz for a year and a half. (Palm Bay Police image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Meet K-9 Officer Christopher Ortiz and his partner Sheba.

Palm-Bay-Police-Patch-200Sheba is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd. She’s been with the Palm Bay Police Department for almost 3 years and with Officer Ortiz for a year and a half.

Last year, K-9 Sheba tracked and apprehended six suspects and was involved in numerous non physical subject controls where she prevented further revelation on scene just with her presence.

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K-9 Sheba and Officer Ortiz have also assisted in multi-agency calls and events.

They have also been involved in many K-9 demonstrations to educate the public in the use and capabilities of the K-9 team.

The Palm Bay Police Department’s Canine Unit is among the best and most highly trained in the State of Florida. The K-9 Teams assigned to the Uniform Services Division are cross-trained for Patrol (handler protection, building search, area search, tracking, and evidence search). (Palm Bay image)

The Palm Bay Police Department’s Canine Unit is among the best and most highly trained in the State of Florida. The K-9 Teams assigned to the Uniform Services Division are cross-trained for patrol. (Palm Bay police image)

The Palm Bay Police Department’s Canine Unit is among the best and most highly trained in the State of Florida.

The K-9 Teams assigned to the Uniform Services Division are cross-trained for Patrol.

All teams are certified through FDLE as Patrol dogs, which is a minimum standard.

Teams also have advanced certifications through North American Police Work Dog for drug detection and Patrol when training funds are available.

The dogs and their handlers must train hundreds of hours to become re-certified to work in the public arena.

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