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Deputy Bob Pomerson - K9 Drake

K9 Drake

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Birthplace: Yuba City CA
Birthday: 2-22-2011
Weight: 52
Commands: English
Patrol Area: North Sacramento County
Special Skills: Patrol, Evidence, Guns/Ammo

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 Cousumnes 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 regiseter. 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. 

Sacramento Sheriff K9 Association

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