San Benito CISD Police Department’s new K-9 receives narcotic detector certification
SAN BENITO — When 13-month-old K-9 Colt sits down and stays while on patrol, he’s indicating to his partner there are narcotics nearby.
The San Benito CISD Police Department’s new furry colleague received his certification with the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association last week.
K-9 Security Officer Guadalupe Garza Jr. has been training the newly certified narcotic detector since he was just two months old.
“ Colt is a very loveable and playful dog,” Garza said. “Sometimes I laugh because as soon as he gets into my canine unit, he’s excited and starts barking right away because he knows he’s going to go work.”
Garza revealed he was a little bit nervous before the certification because he and Colt are new partners.
“ What made me feel better is that I was able to teach him everything he knew from the very beginning, such as detection, training on walls and with pigeon holes, hand-signs and commands,” Garza said.
During the exam, Colt was given three minutes to indicate to Garza there were narcotics, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.
“ Colt is still a puppy, but he did very well and was able to get his certification,” Garza said. “ The people who saw him get certified said Colt has a bright future ahead of him and that he’s going to continue getting better as he matures because for a young puppy, he followed his orders very well. ”
According to Garza, K-9’s are much needed in school districts because they help officers find drugs students bring into schools.
“ We’re looking forward to working with him a lot,” Garza said. “He’ll help us find all kinds of stuff, even medicine or anything that has chemicals.”
Garza has been a K-9 handler for 12 years and has trained several dogs.
He explained the school district has one K-9 at a time because he is the only K-9 handler.
Doggie Hauser Kennels in San Benito donated Colt to the district after their previous K-9 officer Alexis “Lexi” died last April.
She dedicated eight years of service to the district.