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SDPD Unveils New K9 Training Structure
Chief of Police William Lansdowne, along with civic and community leaders celebrated the start of a new era of comprehensive, on-site training for SDPD’s K9 Unit on Thursday, December 8th at the facility. The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, K9 training demonstrations and facility tours.
This exciting new structure for the K9 Unit is equipped with the following training aids:
Windows and an attic to acclimate dogs to being carried on an officer’s back and being placed through windows, attics and small spaces.
Durable stairs with open-back panels help train canines to negotiate open stairs, which are common throughout San Diego.
Open panels in walls allow officers to hide explosives or narcotics for scent-training.
Crawl-space aids in training the dogs to be comfortable in tight spaces.
The new SDPD K9 training structure is made possible by the generous support of The Gary and Mary West Foundation, Calderon Builders, and Dixieline. The new structure will greatly enhance the K9 Unit’s training capability.
The Unit, which operates 24 hours per day, 24/7, currently has 27 canine teams consisting of one officer and one dog. Over the next 18 months many of the dogs will be retiring due to their age and the physical impact of the job.
If you would like to support the K9 Unit, and the replacements for retiring canines, contact the Police Foundation at (619) 232-2130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The most incredible, most important, significant change I have seen in my 46 years is when women were allowed into law enforcement.” — Chief William LansdowneSan Diego Police Department
"If Officer Dionisio “Danny” Medina hadn’t acted swiftly, the 20-year-old driver would not have survived."— Captain Brian Ahearn San Diego Police Department
SDPD officer pulls man from burning wreck
The Union Tribune reports on the SDPD officer’s heroic rescue of a man in a burning car. View the article.
Foundation Forms Police Council
On December 16th, longtime Police Foundation supporters and community leaders, Ron Fowler and Dan Shea hosted a luncheon at Donovan’s Prime Seafood Restaurant to honor and welcome new Police Council members.
This exclusive luncheon, held during the holiday giving season with Chief Lansdowne, gave new members updates on public safety developments, and an opportunity to provide their perspectives on community issues as San Diego leaders. Police Foundation Chairman Armon Mills invited prospective members to engage in the Foundation’s newest giving program for 2012. The luncheon raised more than $50,000.
The Police Council is a membership of the top tier of the Friends of the Badge annual giving program at the San Diego Police Foundation. Members contribute flexible funds to the Police Foundation at the Chief’s Circle ($10,000) and Captain’s Circle ($5,000) levels.
During 2012, Police Council members will be invited for behind-the-scenes tours of SDPD Headquarters to get a first-hand look at the Communications Center, the Crime Lab, the K9 Unit training facility or other points of interest.
Members will have year-round VIP access at all Police Foundation events including the Chief’s Circle Reception at our Friends of the Badge Luncheon, Women in Blue and Inside SDPD.
Each Police Council member will receive a numbered Police Foundation badge encased in an etched desk display, a photo with the Chief, an SDPF car decal, a limited edition license plate frame and a wallet membership I.D. card to recognize his or her generous support of a safer San Diego.
If you are interested in joining the Police Council, please contact the Police Foundation President & CEO, Sara Napoli, at (619) 232-2130 or email email@example.com.