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By Tony Ault
Staff Writer 

New K-9 police service dog search resumes by San Jacinto police


Last updated 1/31/2019 at 6:11pm

The San Jacinto Police Department is engaged in finding a suitable K-9 officer after a previously selected dog, Marco, was determined to be “not well-suited for service.” The search for another K-9 officer is underway.

Marco, a highly trained police dog, is a Belgian malinois brought to the United States from Germany. He was the department’s first selection and found approval with the San Jacinto City Council. The council at its Dec. 18 meeting allocated $6,250 for the acquisition and training of Marco with his handler from Adlerhorst International, a German firm that trains police dogs.

At the Jan. 22 council meeting San Jacinto police Chief John Salisbury announced Marco bit his would-be handler, and it was determined the partnership would not work out and another choice for a new K-9 service dog would be needed to partner with the officer.

Adlerhorst International, which normally charges $12,000 for a new police service dog, noted Marco would not be “well-suited” for the local police department and offered to take $2,000 off the cost of the purchase for another K-9 service dog. It would still cost $10,000 for the new K-9, but Sean Motlagh from Tri-Lake Consultants pledged $5,000 toward that purchase.

Salisbury said there were three other K-9s available to the department and one was to be chosen to replace Marco sometime this week with department training continuing as planned.

The council approved the transfer an additional $5,000 from the Contract Services budget, which pays for the Riverside County Sheriff protection contract, to obtain the new police dog.

The new K-9 police dog should be in service in a few months after local training.

In other business, the council approved the rehabilitation of the city’s artesian well for an estimated cost of $150,000.

It also approved landscapers Inland Empire Landscapers and Executive Image landscaping contract in two areas of the city. Inland Empire Landscaping was awarded a $406,641 contract to maintain the landscaping in all areas west of State Street in the city. Executive Image gained a $235,680 contract to maintain the city landscaping east of State Street.

There were 11 landscaping firms who applied for the contracts following bid advertising.

Tony Ault can be reached by email at [email protected]


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