By: Nicole Acker
In May 2016, the police department welcomed to the team a narcotic detection dog for use in Menlo Park Police’s Special Investigations Unit
(SIU). Sergeant Ed Soares and his canine, “Duke
,” a Doberman are a K-9 team that attended a three week basic service dog handler’s course, which focuses on narcotic detection work, and vehicle and building searches. Sgt. Soares and Duke also completed an advanced narcotics certification course through the California Narcotic Canine Association
While Duke continues to respond and assist with narcotic investigations, his popularity has grown with an impressive following. He is very sought after for many photo opportunities. Duke and Sergeant Soares are featured in the 2018 Versatile Doberman calendar. The calendar is a fundraiser for Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center
, which helps to give independence to the blind who value the assistance of a healthy, well-trained guide dog.