May 15,2006 00:00
Bend Weekly Sources
The Oregon State Police (OSP) are doubling the number of Drug Detection Canines assigned to the Patrol Services Division with the addition of two narcotics detection dogs that will be working out of the Springfield Area Command office and central Oregon. The canine handlers and dogs are currently undergoing a two-week Basic Handler School in the Medford-area, and should be working with their new partners at their respective offices around the first of June 2006.
The two new narcotics detection dogs and their handlers are:
"Reggie" and "Hemi" join narcotics detection canines "Judge" and "Cookie", the first two OSP Patrol Services Division narcotics detection canines that joined the Department about 18 months ago. "Judge" and his handler, Senior Trooper Dan Chichester, are assigned to the OSP Pendleton Area Command office. "Cookie" and her handler, Senior Trooper Greg Costanzo, are assigned to the OSP Central Point Area Command office.
During their first 18 months, "Judge" and "Cookie" have clearly demonstrated the value of narcotics detection canines in helping discover illegal drugs on our highways and in our communities. A couple examples of cases involving the dogs include:
The canine handlers and their dogs are attending a two-week Basic Canine Handler School that is being held at the Department of Forestry office in Central Point.
"The narcotics detection canines are trained to detect the odors from the controlled substances of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and Methamphetamine. The dog's keen sense of smell is vastly superior to that of the human, and therefore is invaluable", said Detective Dave Beck, Drug Dog Detection Program Coordinator assigned in the OSP Drug Enforcement Section. Detective Beck has been working with dogs for over 15 years and is the handler of OSP's fifth narcotics detection canine named "Beepers".
According to Detective Beck, during the basic handler school training the canine teams are trained to conducted searches of vehicles, buildings, storage facilities, luggage, and various other environments and locations.