Kennesaw's K9 Turbo will ride in comfort in new police vehicle

The Kennesaw Police Department's K9 Turbo is riding in a new special service vehicle for its K9 unit.

Purchased with forfeited funds, the 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe replaced the aging Ford Crown Victoria that was struggling to meet the safety needs required by the K9, especially on high-temperature days.

The new Police Package Tahoe is equipped with dual air-conditioning units, one specifically for K9 Turbo's kennel area, and an American Aluminum "EZ Rider" kennel insert.

This all-aluminum, powder-coated kennel is specially constructed to replace the back seat and designed for the comfort and safety of the K9 during his shift.

The vehicle also is equipped with an AceK9 "Hot n Pop Pro" heat alarm/door popper with the "Fan and No Dog Left Behind" option.

This "No Dog Left Behind" option consists of an alarm that will activate if the K9 is not removed from the vehicle within 10 minutes after the vehicle has been turned off.

In addition to the alarm, the vehicle automatically will open the windows and turn on two interior fans which circulate the hot air outside.

K9 Turbo is a 3-year-old, male German Shepherd purchased from Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania.

Imported from Slovakia in Central Europe, Turbo started with the Kennesaw Police Department when he was 13 months old and was trained by Officer Wallace Morton as a dual-purpose canine in Patrol and Narcotics.

Turbo's working abilities consist of apprehension, handler protection, building search, area search, tracking, article search and narcotics detection (marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine).

K9 Turbo resides with Morton, his family and retired K9 Bady.

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