City K-9 Team Wins State Award

Renee -- February 4th, 2009


One of Harrisonburg’s five K-9 Police units has won the  “2008 Case of  the Year  Award”  in the Patrol Utility category from  the  Virginia  Police  Canine  Association. Master Police Officer Shawn Morris and his canine partner Nikki received the award for tracking a scent that led to discovery of evidence that helped solve a robbery in May 2008.



 Nikki is a Belgian Malinois brought to Virginia from Holland in 2003. She works narcotics cases as well as patrol utility. Officer Morris joined the Harrisonburg Police Department in 2001, started working with the K-9 unit in 2004, and has worked with Nikki since.

Morris and Nikki are an active team, performing 105 calls for assistance, 904 calls for service, and 70 drug searches in buildings and vehicles in 2007 – the most in the HPD K9 unit.

Morris & Nikki on the Agility Course

6 Responses to “City K-9 Team Wins State Award”

  1. Frank J Witt says:

    Congratulations Officers !

  2. bill says:

    I’m curious, how long is an average K-9 career? What is K-9 retirement like? Shuffleboard?

  3. bill says:

    I certainly didn’t mean to leave out congratulations

  4. Emmy says:


  5. Thanh says:

    I think its so cool that the dogs also wear badges – they are officers. :)

    BTW, for those interested in meeting the dogs, you have the opportunity to through the Citizen Academy, I’m sure you would through the Citizen Police Academy too

    Applications for the Citizen Police Academy are being accepted now. Academy sessions: March 5-May 7.

  6. Thanh says:

    This related article in the DNR, “Officer, K-9 Partner Receive State Honors”

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