The Benicia Police Department has purchased a new police canine and selected a handler. The new team will replace retired police dog Jazz. The purchase was financed with a significant private donation from the Syar Foundation of Napa.
The new dog, Bak, an 18-month-old German shepherd born in the Netherlands, will team up with Benicia Police Officer Kirk Keffer to form Benicia Police Department’s newest K9 team. Bak and Keffer will join Officer Damiean Sylvester and Mirco, another German shepherd. The department purchased Mirco in April 2009 and they started working the street as a team in June 2009.