Police K-9's: The unsung heroes of Lubbock law enforcement

Police K-9's: The unsung heroes of Lubbock law enforcement

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Expertly trained with unparalleled instincts and quickness, police K-9's help track down criminals across the nation each day.

For police K-9's like Kondor and Max, the job is simple: Bring criminals to justice.

Sgt. Michael Macias, with the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office, is Kondor's handler, and he said in the last year alone, Kondor was responsible for about 70 apprehensions, adding K-9's just bring another element to law enforcement.

"They provide a lot of tools that we can't do as humans. They provide a specific skill set -- their olfactory senses, their ability, their agilities, and their speed. We use them a lot for narcotics detection, patrol work, and fugitive apprehensions," Sgt. Macias said.

While Kondor and Sgt. Macias continue to fight crime across Lubbock County, Cpl. Brock Gruner and K-9 Max are doing the same in the city for the Lubbock Police Department.

But Max is still recovering from two gunshot wounds he suffered from apprehending a suspect earlier this year. 

Out of action for now, Max received the 2019 Paw of Courage award for his heroic act by the American Kennel Club, and he was recognized at Friday's Lubbock Police Department graduation. 

Cpl. Gruner said people don't understand how important K-9's are to public safety until they put their life on the line like Max. 

"Every one of those dogs is able to go to work each and every day their handler-partner and put themselves in positions that not only keep officers safe, but could potentially make sure citizens in the area and the entire city of Lubbock get to go home safely that night," Cpl. Gruner said.

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