Police dog on grass

Goose retired in the spring following almost six years of sniffing out contraband at California Rehabilitation Center.

By Lt. Sarah Watson, AA/PIO
California Rehabilitation Center

The California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) recently said goodbye to K9 Goose who faithfully served the institution for nearly six years. She will remain with K9 Officer L. Serrano and his family to live out the rest of her days.

Officer and his police dog.

Officer L. Serrano and Goose.

A new K9 will be sniffing out contraband at CRC as Officer Serrano attended the April K9 Academy. K9 Behavior Services in Fillmore donated to CDCR on May 26, 2013. The organization donated various dogs to CDCR’s K9 Pilot Program. Goose was immediately assigned to CRC out of the Southern Region as part of the Investigative Services Unit.

Officer Serrano and Goose completed the K9 Academy and were certified as a K9 team on Aug. 2, 2013. Once back at CRC, the K9 team was tasked with the daily and random searches of the institution when not on assignment with the Southern Region K9 Unit.

The intrepid pair were able to assist with multiple operations inside institutions, as well as in the community. They were able to network and maintain open lines of communication with the Division of Adult Parole Operations, Office of Internal Affairs, Special Services Unit, Office of Correctional Safety, Fugitive Apprehension Team, California Parole Apprehension Team, Los Angeles Police Department, Riverside County Sheriff, San Bernardino County Sheriff, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. These open lines of communication allows the K9 teams to assist in various searches and sweeps within the community.

During K9 Goose’s time with the Department, she was able to detect 190 cell phones, 18 grams of cocaine, 172.6 grams of heroin, 1,699.8 grams of marijuana, 151.4 grams of meth, and 46,190.1 grams of tobacco.

K9 Goose will now be able to enjoy the rest of her time with her family until the end of her natural life. She officially retired March 1.

Warden Cynthia Y. Tampkins said, “Goose was a very effective team member and I hate to see her go.”