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Gonzalez, Xena trained to fight crime
Last week Pearsall Police Officer Lindsey Gonzales and her canine partner Xena attended an advanced training in Laredo.
The week-long training, hosted by the Laredo Police Department, consisted of dual-purpose narcotics detection, tracking and officer protection techniques.
“Officer Gonzales and Xena successfully tested and qualified for dual narcotics detection, patrol and search operations,” Police Chief Humberto Torralba II said. “This will be very helpful with commercial and residential searches as well as tracking fleeing suspects.”
The pair received accolades from the National Narcotics Association.
The crime-fighting canine will spend its work hours patrolling the streets sniffing out narcotics or tracking people but to secure the bond with Gonzales, Xena will now live with the officer.
“Xena lives and works with our handler and becomes a part of her family,” the police chief said.
According to Torralba, the canine enhances patrol officers’ capabilities by providing physical back-up when necessary and in some cases, psychological support.
“One of our most effective policing tools at the Pearsall Police department is our canine unit,” the chief said.
Gonzales recently received recognition as Officer of the Quarter for the months of April through June.
The patrol officer joined the department in November 2018 and earned her way up the ranks to canine handler in October 2020.