COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Police K-9 Unit took a big bite out of crime.
Officers were called to a burglary at Town and Country Realty on Monday morning. It happened on the 2700 block of Astrozon Boulevard.
When the suspect refused to come down from an attic, police turned to Broc, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois.
Broc sniffed out and bit the suspect, Tyler Konecne, who was later arrested.
Officer Brian Kelly has handled Broc for nearly two years. He says Broc is trained to find criminals.
"The capabilities of a police dog extend way farther than the normal officer," said Kelly. " They can take a building search and we can cut (the search) into a fraction, which allows officers to get back out on the street and handle other calls for service."
Kelly trains with Broc every day, and says the K-9 unit deters crime.
"A good majority of the suspects we deal with will give up if given a K-9 warning," Kelly said.
Even though Broc is trained to bite on command, Kelly says he is still a loyal companion.
"One of the misconceptions people have about police dogs is that they're vicious or malicious. That's not the case," Kelly said. "The dogs are very focused, they want to do their job, and they want to please."
Whether Broc is sniffing out drugs or catching criminals in an attic, Kelly says Broc is keeping the community safe.
"Broc is a hero to me every day," Kelly said.