<em>Photo from wikimedia commons of aWashington State ferry.</em>

Photo from wikimedia commons of aWashington State ferry.

Homeland Security Division: Can I pet your K9 partner?

Information about K9 partners on Washington State Ferries

  • Sunday, August 5, 2018 10:30am
  • Life

The following a media release:

The Washington State Patrol Homeland Security Division would like to address frequent questions about our K9 partners throughout the Washington State Ferry system.

The Washington State Patrol troopers and their K9 partners work diligently to screen vehicles waiting to board Washington State Ferry vessels for any type of explosive devices. The Washington State Patrol K9s have completed over 400 hours of training and certified to do the job they do on a daily basis. As we 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 our troopers and K9 partners.

Please 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 to feel the cool sea breeze, please be aware of your surroundings; if a Washington State Patrol K9 is observed, keep hands, pets and other items inside the vehicle so they do not become a distraction for the K9.

Please feel free to approach troopers who are at the Washington State Ferry terminals and beyond to inquire about any questions or simply to say hello. The Washington State Patrol prides itself on working with local communities, Washington State Ferry personnel and many others in order to help ensure a smooth sailing across the Puget Sound.

More in Life

See Binetti host Container Wars daily at show

Time to take a trip around the world — just by making… Continue reading

Illustrations by Rob McClurkan
Dr. Universe tells us how many bones dinosaurs have

Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education column from Washington State University.

Polo and Tugs got out of Monica Sauerwein’s house on Jan. 27. They were later found thatafternoon. Thanks to someone, Tugs was found and taken to a vet to see if he was chipped. Polo returned home on his own not long after. Submitted photo from Monica Saurerwein.
What to know about pet licensing

Licensing your pet is one of the best ways to ensure lost pets make it back home. Renton Animal Control and RASKC are important resources for pet owners in and out of Renton.

Search no more, you’ll want to read ‘Hero Dogs’

You felt like such a loser. It was a feeling that didn’t… Continue reading

Photo gallery: Renton readers’ snow day

For these Renton residents, it was a Febrary winter wonderland

‘Moon Over Buffalo’ could cancel if snow becomes unsafe

The Renton Civic Theatre performance is scheduled for both Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Illustrations by Rob McClurkan
Dr. Universe explains how volcanoes erupt

Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education column from Washington State University.

Readers are antsy to start planting, get out in the garden

The second week of February has some gardeners confused. Is it spring… Continue reading

Third times a charm? New restaurant set to open on MV highway

Weather permitting, Mezcal Fresh Mexican Grill opens Thursday, Feb. 7

Whether you like mystery or humor, this book has it for you

You didn’t recognize the number. So you didn’t answer the phone. That’s… Continue reading

Illustrations by Rob McClurkan
Dr. Universe explains clouds

Ask Dr. Universe is a science-education column from Washington State University.

You won’t be able to let ‘Maid’ go

That thing? You’re ready to let it go. It sparks joy, but… Continue reading