For Immediate Release
Date: November 26, 2019 12:08 PM
Welcome Jesko and Blue
At the City Council meeting on Monday, December 2, 2019, the San Rafael Police Department will introduce two new members to the SRPD family.
K-9 Handler, Officer Anthony Scalercio, will introduce Jesko. K-9 Jesko is a 20 month old Shepinois (half German Shepard, half Belgian Malinois) from Guadalajara, Mexico. He is a dual purpose K-9 for narcotics detection and apprehension. K-9 Jesko loves going on walks and hanging out in the backyard but mostly he loves to work! Nothing gets Jesko more excited than getting in the back of the patrol car to come to work.
Mental Health Outreach Liaison, Lynn Murphy, will introduce Blue Bayou (Blue for short), a 2 ½-year-old Labrador/Golden Retriever mix. Blue is a retired guide dog that was provided by Guide Dogs for the Blind to the San Rafael Police Department and will be serving as the first comfort dog for the department.
Blue was raised in Colorado by Julie Brooks, a volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind and she will be also be attending the ceremony. Blue was working in Salem, Oregon, when he retired as a guide dog. Guide Dogs for the Blind partnered with the San Rafael Police Department to pioneer a new type of working dog, a comfort dog who can do outreach on the street with Lynn Murphy and also be in the SRPD Communications Center to provide stress relief and love to our police dispatchers and other members of the department. The Communications Center has been very popular since Blue’s arrival! Please say hello to Blue when you see him working in San Rafael.
Please join us Monday, December 2, 2019 at 7pm at the City of San Rafael City Council Chambers.
About Guide Dogs for the Blind
Headquartered in San Rafael, Calif., Guide Dogs for the Blind is more than an industry-leading guide dog school; it is a passionate community that serves the visually impaired. Guide Dogs for the Blind prepares highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired. All of its services are provided free of charge. Guide Dogs for the Blind receives no government funding. More than 15,000 guide teams have graduated from Guide Dogs for the Blind since it was founded in 1942. The organization was the subject of an award-winning 2018 feature-length documentary called Pick of the Litter, which was developed into a television docu-series by the same name, set to air December 20th on the subscription streaming service Disney +. For more information on Guide Dogs for the Blind, visit guidedogs.com.
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Posted: November 26, 2019 3:08 PST by Lt. Dan Fink #447