The 2015 Tracker Team patch: This patch was designed to acknowledge the sacrifice and dedication to duty of our law enforcment K9 handlers who risk their lives each and every day hunting down the criminals who plague our society. Tracking/ Trailing is the most dangerous dog job there is, nothing else comes close. More and more of our officers and their K9’s are killed on the hunt than ever before. This is why our tactical tracking school exists today, to save lives. This patch is meant to honor the handler and K9 for this incredibly difficult job.
The Star in the corner of the patch is the North star always in the sky to honestly guide us. The blood red K9 Paw print represents the trailing/ tracking dog used on man hunts, always ready to run headlong into danger and the ultimate sacrifice.
This is from Benjamin Franklin, written in 1775:
"I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids—She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance.—She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage.—As if anxious to prevent all pretensions of quarreling with her, the weapons with which nature has furnished her, she conceals in the roof of her mouth, so that, to those who are unacquainted with her, she appears to be a most defenseless animal; and even when those weapons are shown and extended for her defense, they appear weak and contemptible; but their wounds however small, are decisive and fatal:—Conscious of this, she never wounds till she has generously given notice, even to her enemy, and cautioned him against the danger of stepping on her.—Was I wrong, Sir, in thinking this a strong picture of the temper and conduct of America?"
The Thin Blue Line on the American flag is a symbol used by law enforcement in the United States and Canada to commemorate fallen officers and to symbolize the relationship of the police in the community as the protectors of the citizenry from the criminal element.
To these elements I say very few other depictions can sum up my feelings for such honorable people as our law enforcement K9 Handlers. This patch is for each one of them.