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Atascadero State Hospital gets two new police dogs

From left to right, Kilo and Booker are pictured with their handlers.
From left to right, Kilo and Booker are pictured with their handlers. Courtesy photo

Atascadero State Hospital has a new set of police dogs to sniff out narcotics at the state psychiatric hospital.

Kilo and Booker, 15-month-old yellow Labrador retrievers, were introduced in September to their new officer handlers with the ASH police department, according to a news release. They will be used at ASH and for service calls within the community.

The dogs are the hospital’s third generation of narcotics detection dogs after the last set of canines retired in August 2015 from 10 years of service. ASH’s police department canine program is designed to provide contraband control and support within the state hospital and the community.

Kilo and Booker received six weeks of narcotics detection training plus training with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office after they were assigned to the ASH police department officers. Both dogs are certified under the California Narcotics Canine Association, according to the release.

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