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Sheriff's Dept. raising funds for new K-9, rural patrol unit

Posted: Friday, Nov 16th, 2012

Fundraising is currently under way for a new K-9 for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department. Deputy Allen Barger and his K-9 partner, Jack, begin their patrol shift at the Templeton substation on Thursday. Photo by Josh Petray.

NORTH COUNTY San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Deputy Allen Barger and his K-9 partner, Jack, have the kind of relationship that goes with spending nearly 24 hours a day together.

Each patrol, Jack sits in the back seat, ready for action. Jack, a black labrador, can find cocaine, meth, heroin, opium and marijuana. He's assigned to the special operations unit at the sheriff's department, where narcotics search warrants and drug intervention are commonplace.

Just earlier this month, Jack wowed Templeton Rotary Club members with a drug-sniffing demonstration that evoked both smiles and praise, evidence of his knack for public relations.Smiles and praise aside, Jack is what Barger calls a "force multiplier," supporting the mission of the sheriff's office.The K-9 is just one of five within highly-specialized K-9 units throughout SLO County. But another is needed to help launch a new beat patrol unit for rural areas of California Valley, Creston and Pozo Valley areas called Beat 8, according to Barger.

For the complete article see the 11-16-2012 issue.

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