FAIRFIELD — A group of eight canines joined the ranks of the California Highway Patrol after completing an intensive 11-week training course Friday. Three of the canines and their handlers were assigned to the Golden Gate Division, which covers the nine Bay Area counties.
The CHP Canine Academy pairs a canine with an experienced officer and puts them through 440 hours of training in criminal apprehension and narcotics and explosives detection, according to a press release. After graduation, the canine and handler are paired for the entirety of the canine’s career and are required to train together at least eight hours a week.
“Our CHP canine teams are essential to our efforts of providing the Bay Area with the highest level of safety, service and security,” said Chief Avery Browne. “I am honored to be the commander of such dedicated officers and loyal canines.”
The CHP canine training program is funded entirely through monies seized from criminal operations under federal and state asset forfeiture laws. CHP has more than 40 canine teams deployed throughout California with six assigned to the Golden Gate Division.
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