Meet Vik, the Escondido Police Department’s newest police service dog. Vik is a 1 1⁄2 year old Belgian Malanois, originally from Holland. The vast majority of police dogs breed and receive initial training in Europe. Dog trainers in the United States fly over to Europe to procure dogs for police and military units. Escondido’s K-9 Unit officers all participate in testing and selecting of the dogs to make sure they’re the right fit for Escondido. Vik will be partnered up with Officer Ryan Martinez, happily seen holding the leash above.