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.