SAN FRANCISCO (CBS) — It was an afternoon of pomp and ceremony as three canines joined the ranks of the California Highway Patrol’s Golden Gate Division, Saturday.
The dogs graduated from an intensive 11-week course that included 440 hours of training in criminal apprehension, and narcotics and explosives detection.
Each dog has been working side-by-side with an experienced officer, or handler. The pair will remain together for the entirety of the dog’s career.
“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.”
Currently, the CHP has over 40 canine teams deployed throughout California, with six assigned to Golden Gate Division, which covers the nine Bay Area counties.