K-9 Unit Shows Off Skills on Obstacle Course in Miramar

Two K-9's from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) showed off their skills on the obstacle course at the MCAS Miramar training range Tuesday.

Rafa, a 2-year-old dog, was shown off by his owner, Deputy Olivia Steinmeyer while Car, an 8-year-old dog was brought out by his owner, Deputy Kirsten Racine.

Steinmeyer and Rafa patrol the Valley Center area and also support the Sheriff's stations in the North County.

“Knowing that I have a dog is the best feeling because I know he’s there to protect me and the public," said Steinmeyer.

Steinmeyer and Racine are the only female K-9 handlers out of 30 for the department.

“I think in this job we all have human partners but especially as women, we love animals," Racine told NBC 7.

Racine and Car are in charge of security at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee. 

After two years as a deputy, anyone in the department can apply to be a K-9 handler.

The Sheriff's Department is hoping to recruit women through a Women's Expo and Career Fair that will take place Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the San Diego County Operations Center.

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