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CRIME TRACKER: On patrol with the Spokane Police Department's K9 Unit

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KHQ's Kalae Chock gets ready take on Talon from the Spokane Police Department's K9 Unit KHQ's Kalae Chock gets ready take on Talon from the Spokane Police Department's K9 Unit
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The K9 unit with the Spokane Police Department has been going strong since the mid-80s.  

The fierce bark of German Shepherd "Talon," and the four other dogs on the force is usually enough to get criminals to surrender.

"We show up, we give our announcements, that dog barks and people run out saying 'I give up, I give up," Spokane Police Officer and K9 Handler Paul Buchmann told KHQ's Kalae Chock.

But when the suspects don't surrender, Talon's nose can leads his handler to the right spot.

"Every person has an individual scent and that's what they're picking up on," Officer Buchmann said. "They can smell anywhere between 100 to a million times better than a human."

Take for example, a pepperoni pizza. Humans can smell the pizza, Talon smells a lot more.

"They can pick out every single ingredient from the flour to the yeast to everything that goes into it, all of the different cheeses and the ingredients in those."

And once they sniff out the bad guy, Talon is trained to bite if they don't come out with their hands up.

"There's been times where a person is hiding in a real small space and maybe their leg or rear end something like that, and we want that dog to make contact wherever he is able to."

The dogs the Spokane Police Department chooses to use are trained in Germany and the Czech Republic, so Officer Buchmann trains and speaks to Talon in Czech.

It's not all business for Buchmann and Talon. They live together too.

"He walks down to the bus stop with us but as soon as I put that uniform on, he's ready to go to work... He's part of the family and he's part of the force."

The K9 officers really are effective consider the statistics just this year. Talon has made 31 captures.

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