Name: K-9 “Jake”
Agency: National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency (NGA)
Discipline: Single Purpose Explosives Detection
Breed: English Black Labrador Retriever
Date of Birth: May 30th, 2010
Formal Schooling and Certifications: K-9 Jake attended a 12-week Explosive Detection Course with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in January, 2012. Jake then went through the program a second time for 18 weeks so his handler could become an Explosive Detection Canine Trainer with the ATF in May, 2014. He was certified in Explosives Detection with the, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, and the National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency, and gained certifications through the National Odor Recognition Test (NORT) and the Odor Recognition Test (ORT). JAKE was also a member of the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA).
Career Stats: K-9 Jake was able to recognize approximately 25,000 different explosive odors. Jake never missed an odor during certification or re-certification. Jake searched thousands of vehicles, trucks, parcels, and packages without fail to help secure one of the nation’s most secure intelligence facilities.
K-9 Jake was a proud product of the Puppies behind Bars Program. He has been fortunate to work with many fellow law enforcement agencies around the country. Jake has served his country searching for explosives for multiple government agencies in the Washington DC metro area. Due to his calm demeanor and his ambition to please his handler, Jake was a crowd favorite for adults and children alike at public events, school visits, community related events and canine demonstrations.
Jake now spends his retirement with his handler and his family. He enjoys swimming in the lake and retrieving the ball almost more than working. K-9 Jake was meant to be a working dog. Although he enjoys retirement, Jake loved to work. Working was not a job to him, it meant spending time with his handler, playing with other dogs, and having fun. Jake embodied every primary trait a working dog should have. Jake is smart, kind, loving, energetic, inquisitive, happy, and determined. K-9 Jake proudly served his community and its citizens with distinction in order to make the world a safer place.