To: All News Outlets
From: Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer
Date: January 15, 2013
RE: Mono County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes a New Member to the MONET Task Force
In late 2012, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office added its newest member to the Mono Narcotics Enforcement Team (MONET). “Tara” is a 4-year old Belgian Malinois who is trained in narcotic detection.
Recently, “Tara” and her handler, the Mono County Sheriff’s Office Narcotic Enforcement Deputy, attended a 200-hour training and certification course in Riverside, CA, sponsored by Alderhorst International Kennels. This course certified “Tara” in narcotic detection.
“Tara” is trained to detect the odor of narcotics, specifically marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and their derivatives. She is trained to alert to the presence of narcotic odor. Her alert consists of a noticeable change in behavior with a final response of barking, biting, or scratching at the location of the odor. Her alerts vary depending on the location of the odor. “Tara” is trained on odor strength varying from residual narcotic odors to the odor of pounds of narcotics.
The Mono County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to welcome “Tara” as the newest member of our team!
Written and prepared by Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer