FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lt. Eric Skaja
DATE: January 14, 2015 PHONE: 760-839-4444
Escondido Police Promotes 1st Police Dog to Detective
The Escondido Police Department would like to congratulate police K9 Jena on her recent promotion to detective. This promotion is significant because Jena is the first dog in the department’s history to make detective.
Jena is an 8 year old German Sheppard born in the Czech Republic. Jena became employed by the Escondido Police Department in 2010 and has worked her entire career as a Patrol K9. Her job duties were searching for suspects and evidence such as narcotics, assisting officers in apprehending violent offenders, and providing K9 demonstrations to community members at various special events. Jena was a very active and productive Patrol Service Dog. Jena located drugs on suspects or in vehicles 88 times and was utilized 1,061 times during her Patrol career.
Due to the vigorous and ongoing training requirements police dogs must endure throughout their service careers, they are often retired at an earlier age to enjoy civilian life. Jena, although nearing retirement age, was not ready to stop serving Escondido and was eager for a less physically demanding assignment. Luckily, Jena had also received specialty training in the art of narcotics detection. The decision was made to promote Jena to detective where her skills could be used to assist detectives with narcotic interdiction and she would not be subject to the physical demands of a patrol service dog. Chief Carter stated that this move is a win for everyone. He said that Jena is thrilled to be able to continue to serve Escondido and our narcotics unit will have constant and immediate access to a drug detecting dog. Chief Carter went on to say that he is excited for Jena but wants her know that there are no current vacancies in the Police Administration.
To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our “Anonymous Tip Line” at (760) 743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at police.escondido.org.