(April 27, 2019)- K9 Xander and K9 Handler Officer Brian Aponte
Date of Birth: December 18, 2014
Breed: Dutch Shepherd
Start Date: March 2016 at CCPD
Dual purpose K9 ( Narcotics detection / Patrol ) Patrol includes Apprehension / Tracking / Locating tool
Xander has had numerous drug arrests
Xander loves affection from the people he likes but enjoys his “search” work the most.
Xander is litter mates with K9 Carbon who is also in the unit.
Xander is also one of our 3 SWAT dogs who have been integrated into our SWAT team and tactics.
Xander took 2nd place in the Inaugural 2018 Florida Gulf Coast K9 competition but did not compete in the next year’s competition.
He also placed 7th place in the Boyton beach competition in March of 2017
K9 Handler: Officer Brian Aponte
Officer since 2007
K9 Handler since 2009
Current Lead K9 Trainer, SWAT operator, Sniper, FTO and Firearms Instructor
Associate degree in Criminal Justice from SWFL Southern Technical College
A Certifying Official for the National Police Canine Association
K9 Xander is my second K9 for CCPD
Handled and retired K9 Kevin for 7 years
K9 Kevin took 1st place in the 2013 National Police Canine Association National Competition in drug detection and 2nd place for patrol dogs.
Prior LE experience:
Air Force Security Forces Military Working Dog Handler / Trainer
Served 8 years with Honorable Discharge
Combat Veteran for Operation Iraqi Freedom / Enduring Freedom
Specialized in explosive detection
Worked with 2 K9’s in the Air Force both Explosive detection and patrol
Off Duty I continue my passion of working and training dogs. I have participated, trained and titled canines in various dog sports to include Schutzhund in addition to pet dog training.
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