Agency: City of Yakima Police Department, Yakima, WA
Disciplines: Single Purpose Narcotics Detection
Date of Birth: November 15th, 2004
Career Stats: K-9 Flash had over 3000 deployments in her career resulting in over 2200 Narcotic related finds.
K-9 Flash was a pet rescue from the Everett, Washington Animal Shelter. Flash had been found on the streets of the city without a home, tags, or any other identifiable information. The day Flash was accepted by her trainer to attend the Narcotics K-9 Course she was scheduled to be euthanized due to her high energy and inability to be social with the other dogs. When Flash started her official K-9 training in October, 2005, she did not have a name and she was on several medications from having a low white cell count from living on the streets. Throughout her training Flash slowly got healthier and began to excel at finding narcotics. By the time of graduation Flash went on score a perfect 100% on her initial certification and was the only K-9 in her class to do so. Flash spent her entire career at the Yakima Police Department in Yakima, Washington from 2005 – 2013. During that time Flash worked with the Patrol Division, two separate Narcotics Task Force Units and the Regional SWAT Team conducting high risk search warrants for narcotics. Flash had three handlers throughout her career and was the first narcotics K-9 assigned to the Patrol Division in the history of the department.
K-9 Flash was the inspiration to start the Project K-9 Hero Foundation to take care of other Police K-9’s in retirement like her. She has her very own children’s book, “K-9 Flash becomes a hero” which she travels the nation reading to schools. Flash also has her very own kid’s t-shirt from Nine Line Apparel, and she was nominated to be the 2018 American Humane Law Enforcement Dog of the Year!