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First Police K-9 Handler to Be Honored

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His partner was once called the “rookie with a fur coat.” In their day, the two made headlines fighting crime in Riverside.

Fifty-three years later, Loren Mitchell is being honored for his distinguished service as the first K-9 handler for the Riverside Police Department.

Mitchell, now 82, will be recognized during a 6:30 p.m. ceremony at Riverside City Hall, where the career lawman will receive a plaque from police Chief Sergio Diaz as well as special acknowledgements from members of the department’s K9 team.

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