The following is a press release from Washington State Patrol.
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) Homeland Security Division would like to address frequent questions about their K9 partners throughout the Washington State Ferry (WSF) system.
The WSP troopers and their K9 partners work diligently to screen vehicles waiting to board WSF vessels for any type of explosive devices.
The WSP K9s have completed over 400 hours of training and certified to do the job they do on a daily basis. As they are in the middle of one of the hottest summers in recent years, it is important to take note of a few things that will help out their troopers and K9 partners.
Do not pet, or reach out to a working K9 at any time without receiving permission from the handler.
Typically, our K9 partners are very friendly. However, when they are working, it is the handler’s job to keep the K9 focused on the task at hand.
With windows rolled down, be aware of your surroundings. If a WSP K9 is observed, keep hands, pets and other items inside the vehicle so they do not become a distraction for the K9.
Feel free to approach troopers who are at the WSF terminals and beyond to inquire about any questions or simply to say hello.
The WSP prides itself on working with local communities, WSF personnel and many others in order to help ensure a smooth sailing across the Puget Sound.