Once Django's off-duty, he’s like any other dog. ”When he gets in the patrol car, he knows he’s at work and has his work hat on,” said van Hemert. “But as soon as he gets home, he turns on his 'I’m a dog’ personality' where he plays with his brother Loki (a bulldog/boxer mix).” Officer van Hemert says Django’s favorite toy at home is a giant black kong, “he refuses to acknowledge anything else if he sees it out! And he is just as toy-driven at work, where his good behavior is rewarded with a tug-of-war rope made out of firehose materials.”
On the Job
Django, like all police K9s, is invaluable to his police department. Whenever they find themselves in a challenging situation, he is ready to step up and show off his training. One particular story comes to mind for Officer van Hemert. There was a shooting and the suspects fled in a car. Another officer followed the car and attempted to pull it over, but one of the suspects got out of the car and fled on foot. A nearby sheriff’s department had loaned their helicopter with heat sensor technology so the officers were able track and apprehend the suspect without incident. However, the suspect no longer had the gun on him. Although there were several officers searching for the weapon, it was Django who found it very quickly, giving them the hard evidence they needed for the case. Many people don’t realize that police K9s have so many responsibilities beyond how they’re portrayed. Their jobs are not just to find people and attack (although some should rethink their actions when they see Django nearby), but K9s can also detect many things that human officers are unable to, from people to narcotics to explosives.