Two-year-old Chop is a specially trained German Shepherd and the newest member of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office K9 team. Chop was hired at the Sheriff’s Office via funding from the Sheriff’s Benevolent Posse’s Project Deputy Dog program. He is the second dog purchased for the Sheriff’s Office from a donation by Reece and Christine Duca of Carpinteria, who decided to support the K9 team after witnessing a Sheriff’s K-9 team locate two suspects hiding under their house.
Named after a loyal, close family friend of the Ducas, Chop has been on the job for about two months with his handler, Deputy Shane Moore, a six-year veteran of the force. Chop was born in Germany and received his initial training at the Inglis Police Dog Academy in Oxnard. He and Deputy Moore recently graduated from patrol school where they completed 200 hours of intense training. Now trained in human scent detection, open area building searches, handler protection and apprehension, Chop eventually will be trained in narcotics detection and hard surface tracking as well. The Sheriff’s Office K-9 team consists of four patrol K-9s and a Jail Narcotics K-9. To learn more about Project Deputy Dog, visit sbsheriffsposse.org.