A clinic building that formerly housed doctors and patients recently was transformed into a training space for K-9 units.
Tom Rogers, owner of the old Affinity building off Oshkosh Street, permitted Ripon Police Officer Trevor Hanke, four dogs and officers from around the state to participate in narcotics sniffing, search and track, and criminal apprehension exercises.
For the latter, decoy “bad guys” wore suits with four layers of Kevlar to prevent canine teeth from reaching their skin.
Hanke described the dog he handles, 85-pound Rony, as “a tool with four legs who moves faster [than a human] and with an acute sense of smell.”
Likening Rony to “a bull in a China shop,” Hanke noted the dog’s greatest tactical benefit is as a deterrent to suspects thinking of fleeing.