By Dana Simas, PIO

Four K-9 teams have recently completed California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) handler and training, and are ready to join the fight against contraband in California’s prisons.

They will join some of the best K-9 teams in the state and will be an invaluable asset to CDCR and keeping staff and inmates safe.

CDCR welcomes the following:

• Correctional Officer Bertha Flores and her K-9 Yoska (pronounced ya-shka)

• Correctional Officer David Vallalva and his K-9 Nikki

• Correctional Officer Leonard Serrano and his K-9 Goose

• Correctional Officer Steve Newcomb and his K-9 Rebel

“I could not be prouder of these teams,” said Statewide Canine Coordinator Sgt. Wayne Conrad. “All certified 100 percent.

“(I am) looking for these teams to fall in line with the rest of the units and do great things for the department,” he said. “All did an excellent job and are a great addition to our K-9 family.”

Here are the new teams (and if you search for the word “K-9” using the search feature in the upper right-hand corner, you will find an archive of stories about CDCR’s K-9 teams):

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Correctional Officer David Vallalva and Nikki

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Correctional Officer Leonard Serrano and Goose

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Correctional Officer Steve Newcomb and Rebel

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Correctional Officer Bertha Flores and Yoska.