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These skills are especially important ….

These skills are especially important as they reduce the risk and injury to police officers and the community.

Ruiz also received training on case law, use of force, de-escalation tactics, community-oriented policing and bias-based policing.

Saurus has also been trained to detect firearms.

This important tool will help ensure that if a suspect attempts to conceal or discard a firearm, the dangerous weapon is not left for an innocent person, child or other criminal to locate.

The purchase of the K-9, equipment and all associated training costs were paid for via a generous donation by the Seal Beach Police Foundation.

“This has been a community effort to return this worthwhile program back to the Seal Beach Police Department,” said Chief Gonshak. “It would not have been possible without the support of Mayor Joe Kalmick, Mayor Pro Tem Mike Varipapa, Council Member Sandra Massa-Lavitt, Council Member Schelly Sustarsic, Council Member Thomas Moore, City Manager Jill Ingram, and the generous donation from the Seal Beach Police Foundation.”

For more information about the Seal Beach Police Department and the K-9 Unit, follow it on social media @sealbeachpolice.

—from the SBPD

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