David Mendez

Redondo Beach K9 officers and human partners show their skills

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Redondo Beach police officer Robert Carlborg participates in “toughest dog” competition. Photo by David Mendez

by David Mendez

Officers from departments across Los Angeles County, including a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department special operations team, showcased their skills during the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association’s 20th Annual Police K9 Demonstration on Saturday, July 20 at Redondo Union High School.

But it was a bittersweet day for Redondo Beach Police Officer Robert Carlborg. A week before Saturday’s demonstration of the bond between police officers and their K9 partners, Carlborg’s partner, K9 Officer Boss, died following complications from spinal cancer, at two years old.

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Carlborg had designs on the two showing their skills at the day’s showcase of K9 officer speed, agility, and training. Though the subject of Boss’s untimely passing is still a sensitive subject for the veteran officer put on a bite-resistant suit and acted as a decoy during the “toughest dog” competition.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to come out and see what police dogs do,” Carlborg said. “They’re the athletes of the police world.”

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