It didn’t take long for the newest member of the Edmonds Police Department K-9 unit to have an impact. On Jan. 6, one week after obtaining their K-9 certification, Hobbs and his handler Officer Jason Robinson responded to assist the Lynnwood Police Department on a search for a felony warrant suspect. Within a few minutes, Hobbs located the suspect hiding in some brush on a Lynnwood hillside a few blocks from where she was last seen. She was arrested without further incident.
Hobbs and Robinson started training together in October 2013. Hobbs was 17 months old when the department got him in September of 2013 with money donated by the Edmonds Police Foundation along with a K-9 stuffed animal fundraiser. Robinson and Hobbs replaced another successful K9 team — Sgt. Josh McClure and his K9 partner Dash. After McClure was promoted, Dash was retired, allowing him to become a full time member of the McClure household.
After successfully completing the 390 hours of K-9 training, Hobbs and Robinson had their certification test on Dec. 30, 2013, which they passed with flying colors. The following week both of them hit the road, and they are now working nights, according to Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh.