By Police1 Staff
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently announced the graduation and deployment of its 10 newest canine teams.
The ceremony at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento is the culmination of 400 to 600 hours of intense training for each officer and their canine partner. The canine teams completed between 11 and 15 weeks of intensive training at the CHP Academy, depending on their specialty.
“After weeks of rigorous training, these new teams are ready to assist in the CHP’s mission of protecting and serving the State of California,” said CHP Commissioner Amanda Ray. “Our canines are a tremendous asset to the Department, and the addition of these 10 teams to our existing resources will supplement the already highly effective canine program.”
The CHP uses its canines to perform a variety of functions, including detecting human scent, contraband and explosives, as well as assisting allied agencies in apprehending criminals, detecting explosives or drugs, and locating “at-risk” missing persons.
All handlers are CHP officers with departmental experience ranging from 4 to 15 years. Following this graduation, the CHP now has 48 canine teams deployed throughout the state.
Photos by CHP Senior Photographer Michael Wong.
California Highway Patrol's graduation ceremony at the CHP Academy in West Sacramento welcomed 10 new canine teams. Nine Patrol and Narcotics Detection Canine (PNDC) teams and one Patrol and Explosives Detection Canine (PEDC) team completed training and were certified on October 15, 2021.
K9 Tyson, a Dutch Shepherd, wearing a protective vest. To maintain the canine's interest and skills at a high level for peak performance, and to expose the team to various situations likely to be encountered while working in the field, eight hours of weekly training is required throughout their career.
Officer Jose Chavez is pictured with Canine Skye, the only female dog in the class, is trained for patrol/handler protection, as well as explosive detection.
Officer Phillip Williams and Patrol/Narcotic Detection Canine (PNDC) Hektor, a Belgian Malinois. PNDC teams complete 11 weeks or 440 hours of training at the CHP Academy.
Pictured here are Officer Trevor Clark and Canine Champ, a Dual-purpose Patrol/Narcotic Detection Canine. All handlers are experienced CHP officers with departmental experience ranging from 4 to 15 years.
Pictured here are Officer Aaron Bingham and Canine Paco – Dual-purpose Patrol/Narcotic Detection Canines (PNDC) Dutch Shepherd. During the calendar year 2020, statewide canine seizures were approximately $32.5 million in currency and approximately 15,640 pounds of drugs.
Pictured here from Border division are Officer Elias Granado and Canine Timo – PNDC – Dutch Shepherd. The canines are trained to meet the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training canine team guidelines.
Pictured here from Border division are Officer Phillip Watkins and Canine Kastov – PNDC – German Shepherd. Following this graduation, the CHP will have 48 total teams: 36 PNDC teams, 7 PEDC teams, and 5 Explosives Detection Canine teams deployed throughout the state.
Pictured here are Officer Tyler Vallee and Canine Vito, a Dual-purpose Patrol/Narcotic Detection Canine.
Pictured here are Officer Theodore Rocha III and Canine Hutch (PNDC), a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix.
Pictured here are Officer Raymond Lopez and Canine Tyson, a Dual-purpose Patrol/Narcotic Detection Canines (PNDC) Dutch Shepherd.
Pictured here are Officer Walter Aguayo and Canine Jack (PNDC), a Belgian Malinois.
For more information on the California Highway Patrol, visit https://www.chp.ca.gov/home.