Chico Police Officer Jeff Durkin was on patrol with his German Shepherd, Ray, on Feb. 15 when a call came through of a man waving his machete at pedestrians.
Ray gets restless when pulling up to a crime scene, and starts barking eagerly in the back seat of the squad car, Durkin said. He doesn’t understand how Ray knows when it’s time to get to work, but every time a situation arises, Ray is ready.
As it turned out, the machete-carrying suspect wasn’t ready for Ray. The man took off through the neighborhood’s adjoining backyards when Durkin and his 85-pound canine showed up, Durkin said. The officer set up a perimeter and made a loud announcement, yelling to anyone in the vicinity that his friend, and partner, Ray was on the way.
The Prescott Police Department‘s newest K-9, Corey, currently training with officer Dan Smith, is progressing at an accelerated rate and should be on the street by early July.
Prescott Police K9 Officer Tyler Ellsworth traveled to Indiana with several members of the Phoenix Police Department’s K9 unit in March and chose Corey out of more than 30 dogs evaluated during their visit, said Lt. Ken Morley, patrol division supervisor for the Prescott Police Department.
Once Ellsworth chose Corey, a 22-month-old Czechoslovakian shepherd, the dog was flown back to Arizona by the Phoenix Police Department at no charge to the City of Prescott, Morley said.
Three Pennsylvania police officers killed in the line of duty last year were remembered during a memorial service outside the state Capitol today.
State Trooper Paul Ritchey, Cpl. Christopher Milito of the Delaware River Port Authority and David Grove, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, were honored for making what many speakers called “the ultimate sacrifice.”
When nobody else believed in Inca, Officer Miguel Riccio did.
When everybody else doubted that the Argentinean Mastiff could serve as a K-9 officer, Riccio never lost hope.
He knew, he said, from the moment he saw the little white puppy, that Inca had everything it would take to be the top dog in the city’s police department.
Last week, an entire Cub Scout pack proved to Riccio that it believes in Inca, too. And the Scouts did that by collecting thousands of dollars to help get Inca the tools he needs to do his job every single day.
I knew at the age of 17 that I wanted to be a police officer. In 1997, I graduated high school from San Luis Obispo. That August I went to Cuesta College and started taking criminal justice classes. After graduating junior college in 2000, I went to Sacramento State University and I graduated from there with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2002.
In 2003, at the age of 23, I reached my dream of becoming a police officer. I was hired by the Lompoc Police Department. People ask me why I chose to be a police officer and it boils down to one simple thing: To stand up and protect people who cannot protect themselves.
Siblings Michele Barry and Mike Sala, now in their 60s, grew up knowing very little about their great-grandfather.
They didn’t know Harry P. Brown was a Reno police officer who died in 1905 after a drunken suspect kicked him in the head. Brown, who died at 57 or 58, had been one of Nevada’s oldest lawmen and previously had served as police chief when Reno was an unincorporated township, according to early 1900s newspaper articles.