Marty Graham 8 a.m., June 26
Police canine demonstration in Carlsbad
Police canine Tyson and partner Corporal Alonso De Velasco demonstrated their work yesterday, at the Carlsbad safety center.
Officer DeVelasco first drove up in his patrol car before a roped-off crowd, then got out of his car and spoke to a “non-compliant,” sample bad-guy who was played by police sergeant Chris Boyd. The pretend-bad-guy waved a stick and yelled back at the uniformed officer and then rushed the officer. Officer DeVelasco was able to open one door of his patrol car by using a remote-control, and this released his waiting canine. The wildly barking dog jumped from the vehicle and ran at the offender.
The large German Sheppard was encouraged to make fierce noise before and during his lunges at the sample bad-guy. Officers told the crowd that when a police canine appears on scene, a suspect who has previously been uncooperative will many times suddenly become obedient to officers.
The dog appeared to enjoy his work, and Officer DeVelasco said, “The dog’s reward is the fight of the prey.” The dog bit and tugged and pulled the sample bad guy for a little while, before he was called off and the demonstration finished.
Officer DeVelasco, who is an 11-year-police-veteran, said he grew up in Carlsbad and “it’s a pleasure to work here.” He said he brings the police dog home with him, and Tyson is allowed to play with his two daughters. But “the minute he gets in the patrol car, his demeanor changes.” Officer DeVelasco said at the end of Tyson’s working life, when the dog is retired, the officer is given opportunity to buy his partner for one dollar.
The City of Carlsbad and its fire and police departments joined to host an open house at their new Safety Training Center, located at 5750 Orion Way, on Saturday October 13, 2012.
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