Second graders at Parker Elementary get up close and personal with the k-9 unit from the Bay County Sheriff's Office Thursday morning.
Each year, the group of dogs and their handlers give these kids a first hand look at the daily routine each k-9 will go through.
The BCSO's k-9 unit is comprised of 8 teams, with dogs ranging from search and rescue specialties to bomb sniffing.
According to Lt. Kevin Francis, Thursday's demonstration was a way to show students that these dogs are not mean, but they serve a special purpose to protect, just like their human partners.
"We want these kids to understand that these working dogs aren't just mean dogs. They are working with our handler's everyday and we have a very important role within law enforcement with these guys. We want those kids to understand that and get to see them in action," said Francis.
Parker second grade teachers said the presentation is a way to teach students about obedience, trust and loyalty.