Washington County Sheriff’s Office welcomes new K9

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Washington County Sheriff’s Office is welcoming a new K9 to their team after the recent retirement of former K9 officer Tess.

Falko, the newest member to the department is a Belgian Malinois from Adlerhorst International, LLC in Jurupa Valley, California.

Falko was selected after deputies from the Sheriff’s Office including K9 handler, Scott Durfey made a trip to California and met with over 40 eligible canines looking to make a connection with a handler.

After training with eight other canines, Deputy Durfey met Falko. The two had an immediate connection. Deputy Durfey wanted to make sure he was making the right decision for himself and the Sheriff’s Office in the selection of a new K9 deputy and continued testing with other canines but the bond between Falko and Deputy Durfey continued to grow and after three days of testing and training.

Falko just celebrated his first birthday and has been working with the sheriff’s office over the last few weeks.

Falko and Deputy Durfey will be attending Peace Officers Standards and Training for K9 in the beginning of 2018 to train Falko in the detection of Narcotics. Upon successful completion, Falko and Deputy Durfey will continue their training towards their Patrol K9 Certification.