UC Davis Police Chief Calvin Handy, the UC Davis Police Department and K-9 officers with their dogs welcomed one new K-9 member and celebrated the retirement of another Wednesday, August 4 during a morning ceremony on the UC Davis campus.
Officials acknowledged the "retirement" of "Brixs," a dog that worked for nine years for the UC Davis Police Department alongside Sergeant Bruce Davidson. Brixs will spend his retirement with the officer and family who cared for him during his working years.
Brixs' replacement, "Maverick," was also introduced to the community. Maverick was named in memory of a police dog killed in the line of duty in Sonoma County. A German shepherd from the Czech Republic, Maverick begins explosives detection training in September and patrol training in November, after which he will be "patrol ready" for duties on campus with Officer Walt Broussard.
The morning event took place alongside the School of Veterinary Medicine's police dog memorial, a monument named "Faithful Partner." An anonymous friend of the school commissioned the monument to recognize dogs that have lost their lives in the line of duty. Dean Bennie Osburn told the assembled officers and guests that the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital stands by to treat police dogs in the event of illness or injury. He also outlined a program initiated by the school's Center for Animals in Society to investigate new ways to improve the health and well-being of service dogs while strengthening the bond with their human partners.
Law enforcement officers from K-9 units throughout the region attended, including officers from communities as distant as San Mateo and Sonoma counties.