California Rehabilitation Center’s Service Dog Program trains the dogs to help those with disabilities while also aiding in the rehabilitation of the inmates. The program has been the focus of a documentary as well as newspaper articles. On April 25, the program will celebrate its one-year anniversary.
This 2003 story looks at the department’s five drug-sniffing K-9s. “Three prisons – CSP-Solano, Correctional Training Facility and Salinas Valley State Prison – employ specially trained dogs and handlers to help stop the flow of illicit drugs. For Major and his K-9 colleagues at the other prisons, the serious business of sniffing out drugs is one big game.”
A ceremony at California State Prison-Los Angeles County acknowledge the hard work of inmates to receive their dog-training certifications in the rehabilitative Paws for Life program.
Dog trainer Shirley Mesa paid a visit to the firehouse at California Correctional Center to give the pooches already in the Pups on Parole program some valuable training, as well as give the inmate handlers a crash course in some basic dog-training techniques. The program is a joint effort by the Lassen Humane Society and the prison.
Some of CDCR’s finest officers put on quite a show recently for students at Florin High School in Sacramento. K-9s and their handlers put their best feet and paws forward as a thank you to Florin High teacher Carlos Garcia and students in his Legal Careers classes who helped set up hundreds of chairs at this year’s CDCR Medal of Valor ceremony.
Officers Josh Templeton and Scott Clain from the California Correctional Center’s Investigative Services Unit (ISU), along with other department heads, visited Diamond View Middle School in Susanville to participate in their seventh-grade career fair. The unit and their K-9 partners stole the show.
Wounded military veterans and children with autism are getting certified services dogs, thanks to CDCR’s Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJDCF) and a charity.
Correctional Officer Adrian Loera graduated the Peace Officer Standard Training (POST) academy and became a Certified K-9 Trainer on May 19. Also, K-9 Echo passed her yearly certification. One day later, the duo took third in an 18-agency K-9 competition.
CDCR K-9s Ozzy and Oscar have received bullet-and-stab protective vests thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Two California Institution for Men K-9 teams showed elementary school students how the dogs search for contraband. It’s one of the many ways CDCR is involved in the community.