ARLINGTON -- When it comes to training new recruits, very few have more experience than Officer Vince Ramsour of the Arlington Police Department.
“Nineteen, almost 20 years. You know we are creating a foundation right now with obedience and things like that," Officer Ramsour said.
But what makes Officer Ramsour’s training a bit different might give you... paws. Yes, he works with K9 officers, and is now using nearly two decades of experience to make sure his new police pup is ready for the job.
“This dog being 20 months, he's going to take a bit of different type of training, but he's responding well,” said Ramsour about K9 Officer Dude.
But given who this K9 cop is stepping in for, he has some big paws to fill.
“As most people know, I lost a dog in the line of duty. K9 Mojo passed away in July.”
Mojo died from heat exhaustion. He had been with the department since 2010. And while Mojo is gone, he's not forgotten.
“There is probably not a day that goes by that my wife and I don't talk about Mojo. We'll compare the silly things Dude does in the back yard, that I'll remember the way Mojo would do that."
Officer Dude has a few more months of training before he’s ready to take a bite out of crime, but as you know every dog has their day.