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Bomb Dog Blues

May 20, 2016 2 Comments

ready to rock

ready to rock

Officer McCusker

Officer McCusker

JR, bomb dog

JR, bomb dog

the bomb squad

the bomb squad

JR, bomb dog

JR, bomb dog

the bomb squad

the bomb squad

JR, bomb dog

JR, bomb dog

I met Officer Rob McCusker ,who trains dogs to detect explosives at TPD, last November when he was training a new puppy.  I featured Officer Cookie in a post because she was so sweet and friendly to meet as a youngster.  When I saw Officer Rob yesterday I asked about Cookie.  She has moved to Anchorage Alaska to work for a private security firm.  It turned out that Cookie was doing well with her training until the time came to go outside.  It became apparent that she just did not have the right stuff to be a bomb squad professional.  I could tell listening to him tell the story that this had been a very heart wrenching experience for Officer Rob because their bond was very tight.  They put in many months of training.  Finally the breeder where she was born was consulted, and they decided together that there were no more training moves to be made to improve her skills.  She had to retire from her law enforcement career.

The great news is that she nabbed a job in Alaska in which she never needs to go outside.  She lives in a nice home up there and still has a place in the professional sniffing dogs universe.  Since she is a dog she may not really think of us any more, but we remember her fondly and thank her for her service.  The other fabulous piece of news is that JR, the bomb detecting dog who had retired at the McCusker family home at the age of 10, is back to work.  Nobody could be more delighted than JR.  He is extremely affectionate, and glad to be back at his job.  He does not mind one tiny bit filling in while a new recruit is trained in the thousands of scents they must learn to detect explosives. It is old hat to him, and he is the life of the party.  He is impressive in every way.  He gets a bath about every 10 days to make sure his own scent does not interfere with his missions.  He must be the cleanest black lab in the world.  He is shiny, healthy and happy.  It was a pleasure to meet him at thank a cop day, out of retirement having a wonderful time.  JR is the bomb.

 

Souped Up Law Enforcement Vehicles, 2015

November 8, 2015 2 Comments

Maximum Migramobile

Maximum Migramobile

The Tucson Police Foundation holds a giant car show every November that is very popular with the public. I enjoy seeing all the well cared for vehicles as well as the cops of various kinds on display.  The Border Patrol was on hand with a truly amazing vehicle they souped up as a hyper dune buggy.  It has a Corvette engine and looks like Road Warrior.  I am sure it scares those it chases.  I am scared by the latest intelligence the Border Patrol agent laid on me.  The farmers in Sonora are all switching to growing poppies because the weed market is no longer profitable.  This is terrible news for the US, now trending heavily into heroin as our current drug darling.  He said only two thirds of the drugs that enter the US travel through here.  When I asked how he knew that without busting them all he replied that they have their ways of knowing.  This is all pretty creepy, but the vehicle is impressive. Tempe Police Department entered for the first time this year with a confiscated very hot car they took form a drug dealer who used it for work.  This special police car in use for “crime prevention”.  This makes me laugh.  Tempe police are saying we will drive your car after we bust you.  I bet it does do some crime prevention.

Tempe's crime prevention car

Tempe’s crime prevention car

Tempe's crime prevention car

Tempe’s crime prevention car

It is fun to talk to the helicopter pilots who hover over our neighborhood so often in the night.  They land the helicopter at the park so they can show it off to the citizens all day.  There are many great examples of antique law enforcement vehicles every year too.  The show brings together love for cars and history  creating a time the public interact with the cops in an informal (not enforcement) atmosphere.  It is my favorite thing the cops do in my city.  My favorite cop in the city, canine Officer Evo was present, hamming it up for the cameras and winning hearts and minds.

antique cop car

antique cop car

TPD helicopter

TPD helicopter

The next post here will be devoted to Officer Evo and a new canine officer on the scene this year, Officer Cookie of the bomb squad, a lab who loves to party.  The canine cops both fascinate and thrill me. They are very professional, but underneath it all they are dogs.  Stay tuned to learn more about dogs in law enforcement and the cops who love them.

Officer Evo, TPD

Officer Evo, TPD

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