Titus Rules No More

September 13 | Hmmm...No Comments Yet

Here’s a story to remind you to make sure you develop a wide skill set in your job. If you don’t want to lose your job you need to do that or you need to create broken processes, making you indispensable to your employer.

Titus will sniff no more in Sequim come 2008. He’s losing his job.

The 4-year-old German shepherd, who with officer Mike Hill makes up the Sequim Police Department’s K-9 unit, will be declared city surplus early next year.

Hold on a second. City surplus? Is that what they’re going to call Titus? He’s a dog with feelings for crying out loud. We must stop the labeling of our fellow canines in cold terms.

You say we can’t, I say we can. Was it over when the town laid off the garbage men? Was it over when the city laid off the maintenance crew? Was it over when the German Shepards bombed Pearl Harbor? No!

Titus is a drug dog who sniffs out narcotics. He had 240 hours of training at the K-9 academy on MacNeil Island, and he’s done well in his nearly three years at Hill’s side.

But crime trends in Sequim call for a dog with different skills, Hill said, and Titus is probably only a few years from retirement.
Violent crime and the department’s overall call load have leapt up in recent years, he added.

Sure that’s the official word, but unsaid in the article were the rumors swirling around the K9 community that not all marijuana confiscated by Titus made it’s way back to the police station. How else to explain Titus’ laid back demeanor and penchant for snacks?


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