Yuba City Police Department
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Yuba City Police Department

YCPD Canine Unit

The Police Department’s Canine Unit consists of two service dogs: Fasko and his handler Officer Kris Gibson, and Gunner and his handler Officer Kenny Sowles. Fasko is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois. Gunner is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois.  Both dogs are from a local kennel in the Yuba-Sutter area. The handlers and their service dogs participate in ongoing training in order to maintain the service dogs’ skills, as well as their own. Both teams have received awards from various canine associations during training exercises throughout the region.

YCPD K-9 Team
Officer Kris Gibson & Fasko                  Officer Kenny Sowles & Gunner

Fasko and Gunner are both certified for patrol duties, which consist of area and building searches for suspects, suspect apprehension, and tracking for suspects or missing persons. Many times Fasko and Gunner have had suspects surrender just by their mere presence.

Using a police dog to search for suspects allows officers to have advance notice of where a suspect may be hiding or lying in wait. Most suspects surrender upon discovering a police dog is present. Many suspects that ordinarily would escape are located by using a police dog’s impressive sense of smell.

If you are interested in more information regarding the Yuba City Police Canine Unit, feel free to contact Officer Kris Gibson, Officer Kenny Sowles or Sgt. Steve Thornton at (530) 822-4660

 

 




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