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Salute to Service: Kalispell's first K9 unit

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KALISPELL - Officer Jason Parce with the Kalispell Police Department and his dog Cairo are the Flathead Valley's first K9 unit.

They were paired back in February and have been on the job for about six months and the bond between a K9 handler and animal runs deep.

When a K9 officer and a dog are paired together the partnership meant to last for life -- they live together, work together and play together. And, they trust each other completely

"When we get ready for patrol I'll brush him and then we'll do a quick 10-15 minutes session on obedience," Pave said.

The bond between a K9 Handler and K9 runs deep, according to Parce. "The weeks go by and months go by and that bond between us gets better and his work ethic gets better his abilities get better."

After his daily swim in Flathead Lake, it's off to work for Cairo and Parce.

"Our primary duty is drug intervention so we are on patrol most of the time, our job is to, without giving away the secrets but basically observe and identify what our training and experience indicates to us," Parce said.

Parce and Cairo are very active in the community, but if you see them out and about, always ask Officer Parce if you can approach."He is not trained to bite people but because of the bond that we have he is very protective."

Cairo will be able to work for about ten years and then retire and live with Parce. Parce, who was Montana's Officer of the Year in 2013, says he loves his job and working with Cairo is rewarding.

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