Hawk is a member of SPD and is defined in the Texas law as a “police service animal.” It is a violation of the Texas Penal Code for a person to recklessly taunt, torment, strike, throw an object or substance at or to interfere with a police service animal. A person who violates these laws could be cited or even arrested.
Hawk has his own kennel in Officer Gum’s patrol vehicle and is even equipped with his own special made body armor. One of the most common deployments Hawk does is for Narcotics detection. Because of the extensive training Hawk receives and his acute sense of smell, he is extremely proficient in locating hidden Narcotics. Hawk often locates illegal Narcotics in areas that officers cannot see.
Hawk is also trained to locate and apprehend violent criminal suspects. Hawk can track and locate suspects that have fled crime scenes, search large open areas such as parks, fields and parking lots and search buildings including crawl spaces and attics. In addition to finding and apprehending the actual suspects, Hawk can be used to locate articles that have been dropped or hidden by fleeing suspects, such as weapons or clothing. These article searches are performed just like Hawk might search for a suspect.
Even though Officer Gum and K9 Hawk work a normal 40 hour work week they are available to call out for other officers who need them so our community has access to this valuable resource 24/7.