A seven-second video of the newest member of the Gulf Shores Police Department’s K9 Unit doing push-ups flanked by two police officers has been viewed more than 60,000 times since it was posted Saturday, according to Cpl. Josh Coleman, the department’s social media coordinator.
In the video, Nitro, a two-year-old Dutch Shepherd who joined the four-dog unit in February, does “push-ups” to the opening strains of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger,” alongside Officer William Cowan, left, and Officer Ben Hancock, right. The trio is “getting warmed up” for the nightly routine that the Gulf Shores Police Department is promoting through the holiday season.
The “9 p.m. routine” is “simply a friendly reminder to remove valuables from the car and lock up” at the end of the day, said Coleman. “Unlocked vehicle thefts are 100 percent preventable.”
The department is following a social media trend, #9PMRoutine, started by the Pasco County, Fla., sheriff’s department, which has proven to be successful in reducing the number of unlocked vehicle thefts there, Coleman said.
The idea for the video came from Sgt. Greg Bobo, who oversees the Gulf Shores K9 unit and “really believes in the 9 p.m. routine,” said Coleman. “He had a great time working on this.”
The video was shot on Haylee Morin’s iPhone by Communications Officer Natalie Wilson, as Nitro’s handler, Officer Scott Hubbard, instructed the dog behind the scenes. Wilson posted the video at 9 p.m. Saturday night.
Because of the popularity of the post, Coleman said, other members of the K9 Unit will most likely be featured in future videos.
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