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El Cajon Police K9 Jester Receives New Handler

Post Date:08/02/2018

El Cajon Police K9 Jester Receives New Handler

Post Date: 08/02/2018 4:00 PM

TYPE OF INCIDENT: ECPD K9 Gets New Handler

DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT: 08/02/2018 at 4:00 pm

LOCATION OF INCIDENT: City of El Cajon 

RESUME OF INCIDENT:

On December 15, 2015, the City of El Cajon purchased Police Service Dog K9 Jester, a two year old Belgian Malinois, with grant funds provided from the Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. Officer Walker was assigned as his new handler and after completing the K9 Academy in 2016, they were assigned to the Patrol Division.

After working together for the past two and a half years, Officer Walker has voluntarily resigned from the El Cajon Police Department to work for another agency. Being that K9 Jester is still in excellent health and loves doing police work, he has been assigned a new partner, Officer Randall Gray. It is not uncommon for strong, healthy police service dogs to be re-assigned to a new Handler if their current one leaves the K9 Unit because of a promotion, divisional transfer or separation from the Department.

Officer Gray was selected for the position after completing an intense testing process to evaluate the officer’s abilities to perform as a K9 Handler. Officer Gray is a veteran of the El Cajon Police Department, a Meritorious Unit Citation recipient and has worked as a trainer in the K9 Unit for about three years.

The K9 Team of Officer Gray and K9 Jester have already started the bonding process and training together. They will be scheduled to attend an academy later this year. Once they complete the academy, K9 Jester can again resume his passion of fighting crime and serving the citizens of the community.

We have attached a photo of Officer Gray and K9 Jester during one of their daily bonding sessions where the officer and the dog will both learn to trust one another and work as a team. There is no doubt that together, the two will be a valuable asset to the El Cajon Community and all of East County.

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COMPLETED BY:

Lt. Stephen Kirk

El Cajon Police Department

Metro Division/K9 Unit 

REVIEWED BY:

Capt. Rob Ransweiler

El Cajon Police Department

Operations Captain

DATE/TIME: 08-02-18 4:00 pm

Police Chief Jeff Davis

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