‘Paws Before Boots’ Part 1: Training as a K-9 unit

Posted at 7:09 AM, Feb 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-06 09:01:57-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- It's a unique world in the broader landscape of law enforcement, one with its own challenges, rewards, and even language:  a career as a K-9 officer.

In a three-part series we're calling 'Paws Before Boots,' the Grand Rapids Police Department invited us to go behind the scenes with K-9 teams for an in-depth look at the dogs' training procedures, their work in the field, and ultimately, their retirement.

Watch the above video for part 1 of the series, in which we look at the never-ending process of training.