Clovis police on Monday introduced two new officers — police dogs Jax and Corda — as the department relaunched its K-9 unit after a six-year hiatus.
Jax, a 15-month-old Belgian Malinois, and Corda, a 2 1/2 -year-old German Shepherd, were purchased after a community drive raised more than $136,000 to restart the program. The dogs will be used to help protect police officers as first responders. Their assignments will include apprehension, building searches, tracking fugitives and finding evidence.
Clovis residents and the media turned out in force at police headquarters to greet the dogs. Jax, in turn, took the opportunity to ham it up for the crowd.
Clovis Mayor Bob Whalen described the drive to get the department its own K-9 unit as a smashing success. The effort was launched just two months ago with a goal of raising $75,000. But citizens and businesses “stepped up in a big way, as Clovis always seems to do” with nearly double that amount.
Chief Matt Basgall said as part of the fundraising effort, more than 2,000 stuffed dogs with a strong resemblance to Jax were sold.
Police say the department will be adding three more dogs in July, sending them to school in August and that they will be ready for the streets in September.