“Frankly, our goal is to never have to write another traffic citation,” Davis said. “If we can educate the public and then never have to issue a citation or respond to a crash – that’s our goal. We’d like to work ourselves out of a job.”
“I am by no means an expert on homelessness,” Day said. “But I am patient and listen to their stories -- and then try to get them the help they need. Obviously, that won’t fix everything, but it will be a great first step.”
The dogs have super-keen senses of smell and hearing – way beyond human capabilities. That’s true for all three K9 officers – two tracking dogs and one drug-sniffing dog. Besides finding suspects or drugs, they also lead searches for missing persons, lost children and disoriented dementia patients.
The officers are members of the Special Weapons and Tactics and Hostage Negotiations teams, highly trained specialists in intelligence-gathering, observation and negotiations. They’re also well versed in how to secure perimeters, deal with threats by armed suspects, enter a barricaded building and – if necessary – deliver accurate firepower in the safest way possible.
“What drew me to detectives was the puzzles – putting together puzzles,” said Detective Brandt Wadsworth, a four-year member of OCPD’s Detective Division. “They can be a real challenge, but so worth it.”