Mt. Shasta PD seeks public’s input regarding getting a new K-9

MT. SHASTA — After losing their last K-9 after he was retired to another agency due to his age, Mt. Shasta Police Department is seeking the public’s input regarding getting another K-9 for their department.

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“Over the years, the Mt. Shasta Police Department has utilized several K-9 officers,” MSPD explained today in a social media release.

“We recently received a generous offer of a grant, as well as multiple business donations, to re-implement a K-9 program,” MSPD officials continued. “We would like to know how you feel as a community about having a K-9 with your police department.”

In their poll, Mt. Shasta PD shared photos of other K-9’s the department has had and worked with over the years. Mt. Shasta PD photo

Within the first two hours of their social media post, the question had received nearly 500 votes, with 97% saying they wanted a K-9 added to the department’s cadre of law enforcement professionals. Of those who voted, 3% answered they did not want a K-9 brought into the department.

Area residents who saw the department’s social media post were quick to respond, with numerous writing their support for a K-9 in the comments section of the social media post. Most were overwhelmingly positive.

Mt. Shasta resident Shaun Dougan was one of dozens who responded, writing, “The more officers, K-9 or human, we can afford, I’m all for it! 🇺🇸 Keep up the good work.”

Area resident Mandolinn Kaye responded, “I think K-9 units would be helpful especially since there have been so many cases lately of the perp getting away on foot.”

“I am bias though,” Kaye continued. “I would replace 99% of the population with dogs if I could. I vote yes.”

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Matt Rokes, from Yreka, commented, “K-9 Teams save lives and multiply manpower. They are a proven cost saver. I feel safer knowing my LEO’s have certified K9 Teams!! So my vote is a loud and proud YES!”

Richard Evans also joined the conversation, writing, “K-9 units are vital to a safe and successful law enforcement agency. From search and rescue to nonlethal apprehension.”

“I can’t see how you function without one,” Evans continued. “Get on it.”

The department’s poll ends in six days, and if you live, work, or shop in the Mt. Shasta area and would like to vote or join the conversation, click the link provided below or visit Mt. Shasta PD on Facebook.


Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 47, moved last year to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he currently writes for or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, the (now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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