Canine Unit


Canine Enforcement Unit

The San Luis Police Department Canine unit currently consists of two police service dog teams. Zaza a seven year female Belgium Shepherd, handled by Canine Officer Galvan, and Denis a seven year old male German Shepard handled by Officer Vasquez. Denis and Zaza are dual purpose service dogs and are currently certified through the National Police Canine Association (NPCA).

The canine program was established in the year 2010 with the teams attending the United States Border Patrol Canine Academy in El Paso, Texas (CCEP) and the Arizona Department of Corrections Service Dog Academy.

The canine teams currently train a minimum of eight hours per week with the surrounding agencies to help maintain their proficiency.

In addition to assisting with normal patrol duties, the Canine Unit is frequently called upon to assist other officers on all types of searches. They may be used in vehicle and foot pursuits to locate fleeing suspects and for containment. They also conduct demonstrations within the community for schools and community groups.

K9 Denis

Denis

Breed: German Shepherd
DOB: June 21st, 2009 (7)
Commands: German
Color: Black & Tan
K-9 Denis specializes in narcotics detection, apprehension, and handler protection.
Certification: National Police Canine Association (NPCA)
Favorite toys – rubber kongs, balls, tug toys & rubber hoses.

Zaza

Breed: Belgian Shepherd
DOB: June, 2009 (7)
Commands: Dutch
Color: Black & Tan
K-9 Zaza: specializes in narcotics detection, apprehension, and handler protection.
Certification: National Police Canine Association (NPCA)
Favorite toys – rubber kongs, balls, tug toys & rubber hoses.

Retired Canines

Rambo

Canine Officer

Aurelio GalvanAurelio Galvan
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Canine Officer

Jose Vasquez
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