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September 22, 2021

Soledad Police K-9s assist Homeland Security

Partnership provides training opportunity for local police dogs

SOLEDAD — Soledad Police Department K-9s Bo and Koda recently took part in a partnership at Fresno Yosemite International Airport to check luggage and cargo for compliance.

Together with K-9s from Coalinga Police Department and California State Hospital Police, the police dogs worked with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on June 16 and 17.

Bo and Koda sniffed passenger carry-on luggage and the cargo areas on the Boeing 737 airplanes.

Soledad Police Department announced July 20 that both Bo and Koda had several positive alerts, which were then handled by the Department of Homeland Security.

SPD called the operation part of an important mission with the Department of Homeland Security as well as a training opportunity for the local K-9s, who specialize in locating narcotics, weapons, ammunition and currency.

Soledad’s police dogs are detection dogs trained to find certain items, not apprehension dogs trained to bite. Their detection skills are not only used within Soledad, but also at times in surrounding areas in partnership with other agencies.

Both K-9s are fairly new to Soledad Police, with Koda joining the department in May of this year and Bo joining in March.

Soledad Police K-9 Officer Fredy Ambriz stands with Koda, who also helped search through passenger carry-on luggage at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. (Contributed Photo)
Sean Roney
Sean Roney is the reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for the Salinas Valley communities in South Monterey County.

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