Washington State Patrol to Honor K9 Unit August 15

A new K9 memorial monument to K9 Patrick will be dedicated today.

A new K9 memorial monument to K9 Patrick will be dedicated today.

Today in Shelton, Washington State Patrol troopers from across the state will gather together to honor the agency’s K9 unit.

The WSP Homeland Security Division will dedicate a new K9 memorial monument to Patrick, the first and only Washington State Patrol explosive K9 to die in the line of duty. His passing in April 2016 was a tremendous loss to the agency. His service will now forever be memorialized at the WSP Academy (631 W. Dayton Airport Rd.) in Shelton, Washington.

Three new explosive K9s will also be graduating after 420 hours of extensive explosive detection training. Two additional K9s will also receive their re-commissioning. After these new four-legged troopers are commissioned, the Washington State Patrol will have the largest non-federal K9 program in the country.