Thought Wednesday’s trooper graduation was the only celebration this week? Guess again!

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) will welcome four new narcotic detection K9s to its ranks.

These new four-legged officers, along with another K9 and handler team from the King County Sheriff’s Office, underwent 220 hours of specialized training, covering the following topics:

  • Reward Systems
  • Modular and Conflict Training
  • Precautions For Public Contacts
  • Scent Production and Movement
  • Search Pattern Basics
  • Signs and Corrective Measures to Physical and Mental Stress
  • Area Searching
  • Building Searching
  • Vehicle Searching

WSP K9 narcotic teams provide support for the agency’s field force, local task forces, and federal agencies on multi-jurisdictional warrants.

Instructor Trooper Paul Woodside says, “The Narcotics K9 program is a vital part of  one of our core missions in the Washington State Patrol, which is criminal interdiction. These dogs help law enforcement detect and apprehend those who transport and use illegal narcotics. They help us keep our schools and communities safe. These dogs work for the citizens of the State of Washington!”

In just the last two months, Trooper Woodside and his K9 Brakken have seized several pounds of heroin and meth.

These K9s play a critical role in keeping the citizens of Washington safe- so much so, that they even earn themselves full WSP commission cards at the end of their training…and that’s what Thursday’s celebration will be all about.

The WSP will be live-streaming the ceremony on Twitter and Facebook starting at 1:30 p.m. Here are links to our pages: Facebook and Twitter.

Until then, you can learn all about the new graduates and their handlers now:


Trooper: Trooper Randy Elkins
K9: Ginger
Breed: Pitbull Terrier
Age: 1-Year-Old
District: Four – Spokane


Trooper: Mike Rudy
K9: Apollo
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Age: 2-Years-Old
District: Seven – Skagit


Trooper: Rodney Green
K9: Maximus
Breed: Shephard/Milionis Mix
Age: 2-Years-Old
District: Eight – Bremerton


Trooper: Charlie Bates
K9: Rocco
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Age: 2-Years-Old
District: Six – Wenatchee


Deputy: David Keller
Agency: King County Sheriff’s Office
K9: Fury
Breed: German Shephard
Age: 2-Years-Old