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CHP Welcomes New K-9 Teams

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Edy and Officer Julie Jensen demonstrate subduing a suspect at CHP Canine Class graduation

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

Five Belgian Malinois and one German Shepherd are the newest members of the California Highway Patrol.

Today, the dogs and their handlers celebrated completion of an 11-week training course at CHP Headquarters in West Sacramento.

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The course includes proper methods of subduing criminal suspects and detecting narcotics.

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Julie Jensen is with the Coastal Division of the CHP and his been an officer for 21 years. She says she and her dog "Edy" have learned a lot in the last three months.

"We have grown together and we're gonna continue to grow together. So, I'm a new handler. He's new to all of this. And everything we're doing together.   It's a bond. It's a partnership. I'm just so lucky. I'm so blessed."

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K-9 teams continue to train after graduation. They are required to complete eight hours of training every week.

Jensen is one of 41 K-9 handlers with the Highway Patrol.

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