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60th SFS partners with CDCR for K-9 joint training

K-9 correctional officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation trained with the 60th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers, April 27 – 29. The CDCR conducted three separate, three-day training events at three different site locations throughout Northern California, with Travis AFB as one of the sites.

Airmen gives dog a toy

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anna Weaver, 60th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, rewards MWD Pako with a toy during an exercise course April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9 officers came to Travis AFB to train with the 60th SFS MWD handlers. The collaboration advanced the MWD capabilities on multiple levels and improved the relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

K-9 officers stand and watch a plane flying

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9 officers watch a C-17 Globemaster III as it approaches the flight line April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. The CDCR K-9 officers came to Travis AFB to train with the 60th SFS MWD handlers. The collaboration advanced the MWD capabilities on multiple levels and improved the relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

a dog in a room

Daria, 60th Security Forces Squadron military working dog, searches a room during a joint training exercise April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9 officers came to Travis AFB to train with the 60th SFS MWD handlers. The collaboration advanced the MWD capabilities on multiple levels and improved the relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airman and correctional officers standing with a dog

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Roniel Tolentino, right, and Avelino Ramirez, center, St. Quentin state prison K-9 officer and evaluator, prepare Richard Godinez, Valley State Prison K-9 officer, to start an evaluation during a joint training exercise April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9 officers came to Travis AFB to train with the 60th SFS MWD handlers. The collaboration advanced the MWD capabilities on multiple levels and improved the relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airman points a dog towards a cone to search

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer James, 60th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, gives a command to MWD Daria during a joint training exercise April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9 officers came to Travis AFB to train with the 60th SFS MWD handlers. The collaboration advanced the MWD capabilities on multiple levels and improved the relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airman with dog sniffs mannequin

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer James, 60th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, and MWD Daria, search a mannequin during a joint training exercise April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9 officers came to Travis AFB to train with the 60th SFS MWD handlers. The collaboration advanced the MWD capabilities on multiple levels and improved the relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

Airman shows a dog where to search

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anna Weaver, 60th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, gives a command to MWD Pako during a training course April 27, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, California. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation K-9 officers came to Travis AFB to train with the 60th SFS MWD handlers. The collaboration advanced the MWD capabilities on multiple levels and improved the relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexander Merchak)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – K-9 correctional officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation trained with the 60th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handlers, April 27 – 29.

The CDCR conducted three separate, three-day training events at three different site locations throughout Northern California, with Travis AFB as one of the sites.

“With this joint training and partnership, we will be facilitating some of the training to help advance the CDCR dog teams as well as our own, said Staff Sgt. Roniel Tolentino, 60th SFS, MWD trainer.

The CDCR brought in 25 dog teams, each specializing in different abilities to find contraband, i.e., drugs, bombs or other materials that could be dangerous or illegal.

“The end goal of the training is twofold,” Tolentino said. “First, it enhances our MWD capabilities on multiple levels and second, it improves our relationship with the CDCR and other law enforcement agencies – not only for 60th SFS/MWD sections, but with all sections within the 60th SFS.”

Two MWD handlers, staff sergeants Jennifer James and Anna Weaver, from the 60th SFS participated in the training.

“This training was a great opportunity to not only get more experience, but to also see how outside law enforcement (and) K-9 handlers operate,” Weaver said.

Weaver echoed Tolentino explaining that the joint-training was beneficial for both agencies because they were able to learn from each other which builds for stronger interagency relationships.

“It was nice to see where they were training-wise,” she said. “We can help each other, it makes for great relationships on the outside and both of us benefit in the long run.”