Officer Darrell Evans and Jimmy Lee
Officer Evans has been with the Anchorage Police Department for over 18 years, more than five of which have been as a member of the APD K-9 Unit. He started his career as a police officer in Homer, Alaska, where he served for 1 1/2 years before joining APD. At APD, he has also performed as a Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, and EVOC (driving) instructor. Officer Evans retired from the Air National Guard after 20 years of service.
Officer Evans' partner is a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois named Jimmy Lee. Jimmy Lee, who joined APD in December of 2008, was sponsored by VFW Post 1685 through the Dollars for Dogs program. As far as interests go, Officer Evans reports Jimmy Lee enjoys "eating, tracking, eating, finding drugs, eating, playing eating, running, eating, chasing a toy, eating playing on the beach, eating, and sleeping."
Did you notice a theme?
Jimmy Lee has well over 100 "finds" so far in his career, including people, drugs, and articles of evidence.
Officer Mark Haywood and Diesel
Officer Haywood has been a member of the APD K-9 Unit for 15 of his 19 years with APD; twelve of those years he has shared his expertise as a trainer. His partner, Diesel, is a 7-year-old Belgian Malinois. Born in Holland, he was sponsored by Merrill Lynch through the Dollars for Dogs program and joined APD in August of 2010. According to Officer Haywood, Diesel loves "chilling at home" and seeking out his toys - and the more toys the better. Officer Haywood says "Diesel will attempt to fit as many toys in his mouth as he can!!!"
Officer Christopher Nelson and DOC
Officer Nelson, who started with APD in 1998, has been a member of the K-9 Unit for over two years. He is a former U.S. Marine, a current member of the APD SWAT team, and has performed as both a Firearms Instructor and Field Training Officer for the department.
DOC is a 4-year-old Belgium Malinois. Joining the department in 2011, DOC was sponsored by a private donor through the Dollars for Dogs program. According to Officer Nelson, DOC is fun-loving, with a variety of interests including "Kongs, balls, squeaking toys, stuffed animals, balloons, bubble wrap, spring-style door stops, breakfast & lunch" and, of course, Officer Nelson. His favorite game involves "something to chase."
Officer Lars Tulip and Alex
With 5 years on as a K-9 officer, Officer Tulip is a 9 year veteran of APD and an Officer Survival instructor. Alex, a 4 1/2 year-old Belgian Malinois, was funded by a private donor through the Dollars for Dogs program. Alex loves chasing balls, and one of his favorite treats is...BACON!
Interested in learning more? Check out these links:
Want to know how police dogs are selected and trained? Here's an article that explains a little about how the process works: http://people.howstuffworks.com/police-dog.htm
What is a Belgian Malinois? For more information on the breed, and some insight into why they may be a popular breed for police work, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_Shepherd_Dog_%28Malinois%29