New deputy chases tennis balls

Sonoma’s newest police officer weighs about 65 pounds, loves to chase and catch tennis balls, is 2 years old and has a license to bite.

His name is Dickie – just Dickie – and he has a 24/7 partner in Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Sherman, for the past two-and-a-half years a member of the Sonoma Police force.

Sherman and Dickie have already been through 10 weeks of intensive training together – five weeks in narcotics school and five weeks learning the nuances of canine patrol.

Dickie is a Belgian Malinois with, says Sherman, “a little German shepherd” thrown in for good measure.

Dickie came from a kennel in Hungary via a police dog training facility in Southern California. The price of adoption was $8,000.

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