Officer Mark Wong and Police Dog Ziva

Officer Mark Wong and Police Dog Ziva have been on duty with the Seattle Police Department for more than seven and a half years. The pair broke new ground at SPD when Ziva became the first female generalist patrol police dog in the Canine Unit’s history. This team has an impressive record, including responding to more than 5,000 calls for service, 81 felony arrests, 312 conducted tracks for suspects, and 115 building/area searches.

Officer Wong and Ziva have also found time to be community ambassadors. The pair have demonstrated her racking skills at Seattle area events, have performed at the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, and have raised money to help animals in need.

Officer Wong and Police Dog Ziva understand what it means to work as a team. Their courage and dedication to the City of Seattle is commendable. 

Nominated by: Lieutenant Gregg Calder and Chris Fowler

Excellence awards are highly competitive, and up to 10 awards in this category are given out each year to individuals or small teams. Emphasis is placed on performance of duties at a particularly high level where the individual or small team has shown a proven consistency of this level of performance, has tackled a long-standing problem through a creative solution, or has gone above and beyond the expectations of their position to impact a person or event for the better.