Clemmons site of first ever sheriff K9 event

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 24, 2023

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CLEMMONS — The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the first-ever K9s & Coffee event on Sept. 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons.

K9s & Coffee aims to build community relationships and highlight what the K9 unit does throughout the year.

The event will be at the Tanglewood Park Concert Shell area, located at 4061 Clemmons Road in Clemmons. It will consist of live demonstrations, exhibitors from local nonprofits and opportunities for interaction with all of the K9 teams.

K9s & Coffee is a family-friendly event. No personal pets are allowed on the premises due to safety concerns.

Event exhibitors include Old Town Veterinary Hospital, Forsyth Humane Society, Elite Canine’s Comfort Dog Team, and FCSO’s Animal Services Division. Fur-Ever Friends of NC and Tanglewood Park are sponsoring the event, so it is free to attend.

In addition, two local food trucks, the Dapper Bean and DonutNV will be on-site throughout the event to provide sweets and coffee for purchase.

Currently, 10 K9 teams work in many different divisions throughout the sheriff’s office, including the Patrol, School Resource Officer and Special Investigative Services divisions.

The skills of each K9 vary from apprehension to firearm and ammunition detection.
The following K9 Teams will be present on the day of the event:
∙ Sergeant Carter and K9 Ranger
∙ Sergeant Deweese and K9 Bane
∙ Corporal Pendolino and K9 Rex
∙ Corporal Curry and K9 Suzie
∙ Corporal Mitchell and K9 Bruno
∙ Corporal King and K9 Vader
∙ Deputy Justice and K9 Hondo
∙ Deputy Money and K9 Kimbo
∙ Deputy Acosta and K9 Deva
∙ Deputy Rae and K9 Mickey

The event includes multiple demonstrations. Attendees will gain an understanding of how K9 teams function daily. Below is a tentative schedule for the day of the event:

∙ 9:30am — K9 introductions and obedience
∙ 10 a.m. — Narcotics search (K9 Deva)
∙ 10:30 a.m. — Firearm search (K9 Hondo)
∙ 11 a.m. — Mock traffic stop with an apprehension and narcotic search (K9 Vader & K9 Suzie)
∙ 11:30 a.m. — Article search (K9 Bruno)
∙ 11:45 a.m. — Final mock pursuit with two apprehensions (K9 Kimbo & K9 Rex)