Two new dogs will add bite to Los Banos Police Department

mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.com January 10, 2014 

— The Los Banos Police Department will add two new members to its team.

Thanks to $15,000 from an anonymous donor, the Police Department will purchase a police service canine later this year. An additional canine is coming from the Los Banos Unified School District - which will help in narcotics detection, said Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr.

“The school district is going to fund a canine with separate money,” Reyna said.

The department has a Labrador retriever trained only in narcotics. But Capone is set to retire soon.

“He’s about 10 years old,” Reyna said.

Reyna said the donation “came at the right time.” The department is now able to purchase two dogs and get a better deal.

The narcotics detection canine will be assigned to school resource officer Dusty Norris.

“It gives the kids the opportunity to see the dog,” Reyna said, “and to interact with the officer and the dog more.”

The second canine will be assigned to patrol officer Bill Westbrook for apprehension and narcotics detection.

“That dog will be assigned to work patrol,” he said.

Reyna said the department is “absolutely grateful” for the donation.

“It was very generous,” he added.

Reyna said the department hopes to finalize everything and have the dogs in service by the end of March or the beginning of April.

Reporter Marina Gaytan can be reached at (209) 826-3831 ext. 6562 or mgaytan@losbanosenterprise.com.

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