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Atascadero Police Department’s Newest K-9 “Luke” to be Officially Sworn-In

The City of Atascadero will conduct an Oath of Office ceremony in the Council Chambers at City Hall for several of the City’s newest staff members on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

This occasion will also include the swearing-in of Atascadero Police Department’s newest K-9 officer, “Luke”. Luke was purchased to replace retired Police K-9, “Atza”. Luke is now the tenth K-9 to work for the Atascadero Police Department. Luke was born in October, 2014 in Germany. He is 20 months old and weighs in at about 90 lbs. He was selected by the Inglis Police Dog Training Academy in Ventura, specifically to work with Police Officer Chris Hall and the Atascadero Police Department.

Officer Hall and “Luke” recently completed an intensive five-week patrol dog training course at the Inglis Police Dog Training Academy, and then began patrol duties as partners in June.

Traditionally, the Department has issued each of its canines an official badge. “Luke” will wear badge number 10, which coincides with the number of K-9’s that have worked for the Department.

The public is invited to attend this special Oath of Office ceremony on August 4th to help the City congratulate and welcome these newest staff members.

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