History of the Redding K9 Unit

The Redding Police Department has K9 roots that go back to 1964, where then-aspiring K9 Officers​ Chuck Turner and Earl Moses teamed up with Shasta County Sheriff K9 Deputies Tom Hodges and Harold McDaniels and began training dogs. The first handlers started in 1965 with Officer Jim McAllister with K9 Maverick, Officer Ed Reid with K9 Bruno, Officer Earl Moses with K9 Devil, Officer Chuck Turner with K9 Spear and Officer Jim Dean with K9 Oku.


In 1967, Officer Bob Pastega with K9 Duke, Officer Sam McCall with K9 Duke and Officer Gayle Jackson with K9 Max entered the service.  Over the years several more K9s came and went. The patrol dog program was disbanded for about 9 years from about 1995 to 2004. During that time, several narcotics specialist teams were utilized.


In 2004, the patrol dog program (as we currently know it) started back up with K9 Canon and K9 Vermut blazing the path for our current six-team unit. From this time, the K9 Unit has enjoyed much success and support from the community of Redding. Without your support, our unit would not be where it is today!

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