About the Training

About the Training Facility

In 2006, the Sacramento Police Department K9 Unit started looking into building a new K9 training facility after having to move from the old Communications Center at 111 Bercut Dr where our training area was located. We were able to build a new kennel facility at the new Communications Center, but there was only a very small grass area to set up our obstacle equipment and no room for a field to train on. Unfortunately, funding for a new training facility was not available. Then, Deputy Chief, now Chief Braziel suggested we meet with Capt. Darrell Fong (ret) at the SPD Academy located at the Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority (JPA) to see if they could help. We met with Capt. Fong and thanks to him; we were able to negotiate an agreement with the JPA, which houses the Sacramento Police Academy to allow us to build a training facility on their property. After Capt. Fong left the Academy, Lt. Quinn stepped in and was instrumental in moving the project forward through the JPA.

Knowing that most of the police K9 units in the area did not have their own K9 training facilities, our goal became to build a facility that would be open to all the K9 units in the region who wanted to participate. In October of 2007, through our non-profit Sacramento Police Canine Association, we were able to start raising funds and acquire sponsors to start building the training facility. Our first major sponsor was the Rotary Club of East Sacramento which committed $7,500 and their members' labor to build the facility. Their sponsorship allowed us to get the project started and paid for the sod, trees, and eventually a 36’ x 20’ shade structure. Other supporters soon stepped up including Walmart (Truxel Rd) which donated $2,000. Lund Construction and Pestmaster Services, along with our association members, helped prepare the training field for sod. SPD officers even brought their own Kabota tractors out to help with preparing the field and planting trees. Thanks to Lt. Quinn, the JPA supplied the materials and labor to install an automated sprinkler system and Jagur Sod Farm provided us with 15,000 sq. ft of sod at a significantly reduced cost.

On Saturday, December 1st, 2007 at 7:30 AM, over 25 members of the Rotary Club of East Sacramento, along with over 20 K9 officers from Sacramento PD, Elk Grove PD, Citrus Heights PD, West Sacramento PD, and Sacramento Sheriff’s Dept K9 Units met at the newly named Sacramento Regional Public Safety K9 Training Facility to kick off the project by laying sod over the 15,000 sq ft training field. Lt. Campas (ret.), Lt. Quinn, and Capt. Fong also showed up in work boots and gloves to roll out some sod. We started at 8 AM and since we had over 45 volunteers, we were done and eating lunch by 11 AM.

The project continued throughout 2008 with help from additional sponsors including Otto Construction and Armour Steel Company who built and donated state of the art obstacle equipment for the agility course worth over $10,000. Additional sponsors included Alturas Fencing Company who donated the fencing material to enclose the training field, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and SMUD who donated additional shade trees, the Sunrise Recreation and Park District who provided us with a 3 tier 12’ long bleacher, and Law Dogs and Sacramento Police Officer Karina Jestes who donated money for the facility.

The K9 training facility is over an acre in size. It includes a 15,000 sq. ft. training field for obedience training, control work, apprehension training, and a challenging state of the art agility/obstacle course. There is also a large spectator area with bleachers and picnic tables, covered by a 36’x 20’ shade structure. Adjacent to the field is a large paved area that can be utilized for K9 training involving code 3 driving, felony vehicle stops, and vehicle retention/ deployment. The facility also offers two large dog kennels to be utilized while training on site and a secure storage room for training equipment. We are also building structures and have acquired old vehicles for narcotics and explosives detection, search training and mock vehicle pursuits. Since the facility is located at a public safety academy in an industrial area, there are minimal noise concerns in regards to barking dogs, blank guns, yelling, or sirens.

The K9 training facility is available to all participating public safety K9 units in the region for maintenance training, basic K9 handler schools, and specialty K9 training including conferences and training seminars. The existing JPA classrooms, Tactical Village, and Shooting Range can also be utilized as training resources for the K9 units.

The Sacramento Police Department K9 Unit has also developed a relationship with McClellan Park allowing us to utilize vacant buildings for training, which not only benefits the K9 Unit, but also provides them extra security with our presence.

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