K9 Officer Thinks Partner is "Top Dog"
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX - “I was in patrol for about nine years then worked in narcotics and began to get familiar with the handlers of the K9 officers,” recalls CCPD Senior Officer Josie Ressler. “I realized it was something I really wanted to do.”
Ressler’s decision to work in the Police Department’s K9 Unit would not only prove to be her new calling, but it would also turn out to be something historic. After going through the necessary training, Ressler has now achieved the distinction of becoming the department’s first female K9 officer.
“It is an honor to be able to work with the K9 unit,” says Ressler, whose partner goes by the name Harry. “He’s my backup and I know he is always looking out for me.”
In 2011, the Corpus Christi Police Department announced its first ever Patrol K9 Unit. In addition to their keen ability to detect narcotics, these highly trained, dual purpose canines are trained in explosives detection, tracking, building searches, article location, handler protection, and criminal apprehension. “I consider it a privilege to have a K-9 partner,” says Ressler. “It is an amazing opportunity to do something like this.”