Riverside County Sheriff's Department-Colorado River Station has new K9 unit
Deputy Chico and his partner, Deputy Jesse Deacon.
Jaclyn Randall Former Times Editor
BLYTHE - Deputy Chico is brand new to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department-Colorado River Station. He has been on active duty for less than a month, yet in that time he has helped bring down criminals and found drugs in vehicles. More impressive is that Deputy Chico is just two years old and from Belgium.
Deputy Chico, a Malinois breed, was imported to the States and selected by Colorado River Station Deputy Jesse Deacon. Prior to coming stateside, the Belgian shepherd trained extensively in the Netherlands for the first part of his life learning many different techniques.
Deacon and Chico have been a team since January, attending K-9 training that required 240 hours of patrol, people, building, and narcotic searches. Deacon, who has been with the department for seven years and has experience on the Blythe Narcotics Enforcement Team, is excited to provide the area with a much-needed service to the community through Chico.
Sheriff's officials said that they were grateful to the La Paz County Sheriff's, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Border Patrol, California Department of Corrections and the Blythe Police Department for use of their K-9s in the past and now they look forward to aiding the same agencies or others the same way they were assisted.
"We could always use the other agencies' K-9s but we would run into the dog being needed elsewhere so we would find ourselves short," said Deacon. "Now we have a K-9 and we look forward to being a huge asset to those same agencies and the community."
Deacon had to go through a countywide competitive application and interview process to receive the K-9 handler position. Receiving the position, Deacon had to commit at least two years to the position and the Colorado River Station, meaning that if Deacon leaves Colorado River Station, Chico remains.
"I have no plans on leaving Blythe or Chico," said Deacon.
Future plans for Chico include making special appearances at the local schools and using him as an educational tool to the students.
In the meantime, Deputy Chico will be hanging out with Deacon and helping to keep the streets clean of drugs and criminals.
Go to pvvt.com to watch a video of Deputy Chico and Deputy Deacon in action.
Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013
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Congratulations Jesse and Chico! I know you will make the Blythe Station proud. I hope you get to use him on sweeps in the Jail! lol. I'm very proud of you and to have had the opportunity to work with you!