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Santa Barbara Police K-9 to retire

Posted at 2:28 PM, Jan 31, 2019

A Santa Barbara Police K-9 will retire after more than half a decade in service.

Jake has worked for the department for six years, which is equal to 42 dog years.

Jake K-9
Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara Police


Jake is an eight-year-old Czech German Shepard mix.

The police department says he is known for his incredible sense of smell. Jake can smell more than 1,000 times better than his handler, Sergeant Chris Payne.

Sergeant Payne and Jake were involved in 237 narcotics sniffs, 169 building searches, 71 apprehensions, and 52 area searches during their time together.

Jake and Sergeant Payne
Jake and Sergeant Payne. (Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara Police)


Jake will receive a mayoral proclamation at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and then he will transition to becoming the Payne family’s dog. Per tradition, Sergeant Payne will make a ceremonial donation to the city to adopt Jake.

The police department is in the process of looking for new K-9s for the program.

Jake K-9
Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara Police Department