Update: Bolt & Silas Prepare for Duty
Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
March 18, 2014
Update: Six Months Later;
Bolt and Silas Prepare for Duty
Bolt and Silas are almost ready to hit the streets of Fairfax County. The bloodhounds began their training in September 2013 and, due to their popularity, the agency is sharing recent photos of the siblings.
According to their handlers, the 9-month-olds still have a “ways to go” with their maturity and ability to focus without distractions. They’ve been exposed to a wide variety of terrains and surfaces, such as gravel, tile, concrete pavement, and grassy hills. Handlers believe they’ll be fully prepared to begin their official roles by May or June.
Both dogs get along well with the other K-9s in the agency and are described as sociable and friendly.
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(Sept. 18, 2013) New Nosy Recruits “Bolt & Silas” Prepare for Duty
Although they are just a few months old and still in their bonding and training phases, two new bloodhound pups are preparing for the rigors of police work in Fairfax County.
Bolt and Silas are the Police Department’s newest additions to their Bloodhound team. The agency purchased the pups in August when they were just six weeks old. They join Shnoz and Cody, sisters from the hills of Northern Alabama who joined the agency in 2008 at 19-months-old.
Bloodhounds have been a valuable asset to law enforcement around the region for many years. Trained for both criminal and non-criminal missions, they do not bite when they find a person and are ideal to help locate missing children or dementia patients. Bloodhounds are trained to indicate the presence of a trail and locate missing people, using scents that may be hours or days old.
They’ve saved lives, been instrumental in solving major cases by identifying specific homes and vehicles relating to crimes, and saved valuable time for detectives by helping to quickly provide information on direction of travel of suspects.
Bolt and Silas will be trained by MPO Pete Masood and PFC Kevin Clarke, who will use the renowned “Kocher Method.”
Historically, the Fairfax County Bloodhound program began in 2002 with Charger and Molly, who grew to over 110 pounds. They served until they retired in 2008. Fairfax hounds are often requested by jurisdictions that do not have them.
After their yearlong training period, Bolt and Silas will faithfully serve the residents of Fairfax County for many years to come.