The Capitol Police are changing the look of their police cars. One of the things I liked a lot about their old K9 cars was that the name of the dog was painted on the rear passenger door. I haven’t seen this on the new cars. Can you find out more about the Capitol Police dogs? How many of them are there? How do they get their names? Do they live with the officers?
– Melanie Dann, Washington
Never fear, the dogs’ names will soon be gracing the vehicles. The names are decals and will be stuck on the rear doors as soon as they arrive.
It isn’t just the paint job that’s new, said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, public information officer. The Ford Crown Victoria K9 vehicles have several nifty features. There are state-of-the-art cages inside to transport the dogs safely, and each vehicle comes with the Hotdog safety system, made by a company called Criminalistics Inc. During the summer, the vehicle’s air-conditioning system keeps the canine occupant comfortable. If the AC fails and the mercury rises, the Hotdog system rolls down the electric windows and sounds the vehicle horn.
Exactly 50 dogs work for the U.S. Capitol Police. They are trained, along with their handlers, at a facility near Blue Plains.