In 1997, I was hired with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. I spent the next 3 years in corrections and I was assigned to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center. I transferred to Field Services (Patrol) in 2000 and I was assigned to South Patrol Services where I spent approximately 6 years as a Field Training Officer (FTO).
I have enjoyed working in the South Sacramento Community since 2005. During this time, I volunteered my time to the SSD K9 Unit as an agitator and role player on training days. I later tested for the position of canine handler and was selected as a member of the SSD K9 Unit, in 2010, and I assumed the call sign “K9-4”. I was originally paired up with K9 Ike. K9 Ike was already in service and was working with another handler. K9 Ike and I were very compatible and were able to hit the streets running. We certified within just two weeks and were ready for work. K9 Ike knew what he is doing, I just had catch up. K9 Ike was high energy, high drive German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix. I had the great opportunity to work with “IKEY”. K9 Ike retired in 2012.
July of 2012, my new canine partner arrived. I could not wait to see K9 Drake. K9 Drake had some big paws to fill, I mean he was replacing K9 Ike who proudly served Sacramento County for 8 years. K9 Drake was 15 months old and a Belgian Malinois from Left Coast K9 Kennels. K9 Drake and I trained for approximately two months and we were certified to patrol the streets. It was a learning curve for both of us. I had never trained a “green dog” and K9 Drake was still in his puppy stage.
Our first apprehension was an a robbery suspect of an open business. The suspect pointed a handgun at the employees and took money from the cash register. The suspect fled the business in a vehicle. The Sheriff’s Helicopter (STAR) was quickly overhead and spotted the fleeing suspect vehicle. The suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled on foot to a near by neighborhood.
K9 Drake was deployed in a backyard and the suspect “tried to run” away and jump a fence. The suspect made it over the fence but K9 Drake was right behind him. K9 Drake jumped the fence and quickly apprehended the suspect.
K9 Drake is a loveable, loyal and friendly dog at home. He is extremely easy around children and he loves to chase the pool sweep.