SOLEDAD — A new four-legged officer has joined the ranks of Soledad Police Department, as announced during the March 3 Soledad City Council meeting.
Bo, a black Labrador retriever who is one year and four months old, will be certified this Friday and able to hit the streets as a narcotics canine.
“Bo’s oath is he’s going to get lots of drugs and guns off the street,” said Soledad Police Chief Damon Wasson during the council introduction.
The canine’s paw was inked for a special certificate to be presented to the city, but his high energy had him wanting to get to work rather than sit still as officers tried to put his paw on an inkpad.
Officer Cecilio Lozano, who will supervise Bo as the K-9 handler, said the new canine is a “super friendly dog and approachable.” He explained Bo’s background as having come from the Los Angeles area prior to training.
“He will be searching for drugs, such as cocaine, marijuana, heroine, methamphetamine and ecstasy,” Lozano said about Bo’s official duties in addition to being a goodwill ambassador.
He encouraged citizens to come and meet Bo.
“I know that our kiddos in the schools will love meeting him,” said Carla Strobridge, council member. “He’s small for a lab, which I think is great because it’s not very intimidating for kids.”
Strobridge said Bo’s age makes it so he can serve the department for at least six years. In those years of service, he and Lozano will work as a partnership both on and off duty.
“I want to thank Officer Lozano for taking on the challenge of being the canine handler because this dog is with him 24/7, so he has to incorporate him into his family,” Strobridge said. “Thank you for being willing to make that sacrifice for our residents. I love the fact we have a K-9, I believe they’re great ambassadors for the department. They really bridge the community with the officers.”