Canine team from Ventura gets into the holiday spirit
Ventura Police Department K9 Team Thanks the Community and Partners with Local Radio Station to Donate Toys for the Holidays
VPD Community News
Thursday, December 11, 2008
On December 10, 2008 Ventura Police Department (VPD) K9 Officers Jack Ortega, and K9 Partner Felix, along with K9 Officers Jamie Nave and Scott Garrett, appeared on “Bo In the Morning” (morning talk show on B-95.1) and presented over $300 in toys for the annual Toys For Tots toy drive.
Pictured left to right: Officer Jack Ortega, K9 Felix, Officer Jamie Nave, Officer Scott Garrett, and Bo Jaxon, B-95.1 morning show co-host, with some of the toys donated by the VPD K9 Team- Photo by VPD
“This is a great way for us to give back to the community and to say thank you for the tremendous support”, said Officer Ortega. Officer Ortega noted that the department’s K9 Team and its four dogs are supported primarily through funds donated via the National Police Dog Foundation and the community. “The cost of a dog and training (which includes patrol techniques, narcotics, tracking, etc.) can be upwards of $20,000 and without community support a K9 program at VPD would not be possible”, said Lieutenant Tom Taylor who oversees VPD’s K9 Team.
While on air Officer Ortega also mentioned that his partner, Felix, will be retiring at the end of December after eight years of service. “Felix has been an incredible partner and served this community with dedication and bravery”, noted Ortega. Ortega, VPD’s most senior K9 Officer, will continue as a handler and receive a new partner shortly after the New Year.
Officer Jack Ortega, K9 Partner Felix, and Bo Jaxon, B-95.1 morning show co-host on air. Photo by VPD