Today’s Date: 10-14-2016
Submitted By: Officer Jose Hermosillo
Phone: (530) 795-2261
Title: Winters Police Department Canine Project
With a growing City and many new projects on the horizon the need for more efficient and effective tools has never been timelier. The addition of a Canine and the re- start of a canine program in Winters will benefit both the Department and the community as a whole by increasing public safety and providing an engagement tool during public events. A thriving K-9 program is a key stone in expanding the excellent service the Police Department already provides and it will continue the tradition of excellent service in the community.
The Winters Police Department has previously had two successful K-9 programs. Officer Mary Alvarez with K-9 “ARRAS” from 95-97 and Officer Al Doreo with K-9 “AIK” from 99-01. Both canines assisted during a range of calls such as physical confrontations, narcotic enforcement, and physical searches of buildings. Additionally the dogs worked well with their handlers and fellow Officers and had a great relationship with the community as a whole. As the City grows, a K-9 program is a great asset, not only for the members of the Winters Police Department but also for the Winters community.
K-9 programs are most effective when they combine elements of patrol (such as searching and apprehension) with community service. The skillful use of a canine to complete a task can match or exceed the number of law enforcement officers needed to perform the same task. These tasks can range from quickly searching a building during an alarm call, to narcotics detection during a vehicle stop, to assisting an Officer with apprehending a subject during a foot pursuit.
The Winters Police Department is exploring several financial options to help support this program, including community support. If you would like to take part, the Department is accepting donations to the Winters K9 Fund (City Tax ID #946000457). You also have an opportunity to purchase a Winters Police Department Canine Program Supporter T-Shirt for $20. We will also be offering the shirts at outreach events in the community (special pricing will be available).
Please visit our web page at Winters Police Department Canine Program for more information about the Canine Program and T-Shirt order forms.