Announcement from the Riverside Police Department:
After an unexpected medical condition forced the early retirement of Riverside Police K-9 Rocco, the K-9 team welcomes Roy as the newest member of their specialized unit.
Officer Brad Smith’s last K-9 partner, Rocco, retired after only four years of devoted service.
The sudden retirement required the K-9 Team to evaluate new dogs at Adlerhorst Kennel. They searched for a qualified dog worthy to be used in police work and to become Officer Smith’s partner. After a careful testing process, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois named Roy was selected to join the K-9 corps.
Officer Brad Smith and his new partner (pictured right) endured a rigorous training course at the Adlerhorst facility. They both recently graduated and returned to the streets in late September.
Sergeant Patrick McCarthy supervises the canine program and expressed mixed emotions. “I am sad when one of our devoted dogs becomes sick and needs to be retired, but, I am happy that we are able to maintain our program and get another highly trained dog to serve this city.”
McCarthy said Roy has been assigned to the evening shift working with Officer Brad Smith.
The Canine Unit Commander, Lieutenant Chuck Griffitts said, “I am proud to welcome our newest dog to the program and am content to see retired K-9 Rocco enjoy his retirement in the love and care of the Smith family.”
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
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