Fla. K-9 wears handler’s uniform on picture day, goes viral

K-9 Chico was dressed to impress, complete with a tie, badge and commendations

By Brandon Champion

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Oct. 22 was photo day at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

And at least one officer dressed to impress. A K-9 officer to be exact.

K-9 Chico is a German shepherd working in drug detection for the department. He always looks good, but turned up his game even more for picture day, posing in his handler’s uniform complete with a tie, badge and commendations.

“K-9 Chico is a valued member of our team and we were thrilled to see his picture bring smiles to so many faces,” Bailey Myers, spokesperson for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office told NBC’s “Today.” “He has been a member of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for four and a half years but in dog years this photo celebrates 35 years of dedicated service.”

K-9 Chico has worked with his handler, Corporal Robert Lees, for 4.5 years. The photo of Chico in uniform has since gone viral, having been shared more than 10,000 times.

“This photo has generated a beautiful response from our community and the nation,” Myers said. “Members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are proud to see K-9 Chico’s hard work as a patrol dog celebrated by such a wide audience.”

What a good boy.


K-9 Chico posed for his new ID badge today. He even wore a tie for the photo.

Posted by Orange County Sheriff's Office, Florida on Thursday, October 22, 2020

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