Drako des Ombres Valeureux
Cell Phone Detection Dog - California State Prison System
Sire:  Yelo du Boscaille (retired Police Duel K9)  Dam:  Pharrar
Drako & Wayne Conrad on Larry King Live -- Friday, August 6, 2010
http://larrykinglive.blogs.cnn.com/category/larry-king-live/   (also article at bottom)
Smuggled cell phones pose prison problems ABC NEWS Story 11/17/2009
featuring Drako: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/assignment_7&id=7124324

Photo at left:  Drako with handler Brian Pyle




Drako as a puppy being worked at our field - photos taken May 28, 2008


Drako's Story after he was returned to us:  Working Dog Forum thread (must be a member)
Includes photos, video clips and comments by dog enthusiasts around the world.
Working Dog Forum thread by Wayne Conrad (Detection Dog Trainer) after Drako goes into the
cell phone detection program:  http://www.workingdogforum.com/vBulletin/f30/drako-12457/
and http://www.workingdogforum.com/vBulletin/f23/drako-day-5-training-12497/ (training video links)
Also, check out www.youtube.com and search "jaffrid" for our videos to check out the Drako videos.



Only his 5th day in training !!!
Just wanted to say hi and give you an update on Drako.  He is doing great!!!!  I did a practice test evaluation on him Friday and he is finding everything I put out.  One cell phone was hidden inside a VCR on a desk.  He got about 5 feet past when he caught odor and almost broke his neck turning.  Was very impressive.  He is actually better then Caesar !!!  He has one of the best temperaments I have ever seen.  Like Caesar this dog will drop dead playing.  I am having another trainer come over next week and do the actual certification.  I am planning on taping it and will post.
Thanks for everything,
Wayne Conrad


Hey Debbie,
Well today was Drako's first day out and true to his training he had a big day.  When we were hitting cells he came up with a cell phone, a cell phone battery and some tobacco.  However the best was yet to come.  The below picture is a box he hit on in the warehouse .  Was inmate property being sent in.  Two boxes of detergent had cell phones and charges concealed inside.  His first day out and he's making my boy Caesar look bad !!!


Hey Debbie,
Just wanted to show you how good your baby is doing !!!!



August 6, 2010

Prison dogs on the hunt for drugs and cell phones

Posted: 04:58 PM ET
This is a LKL Web Exclusive  by Richard Subia, Deputy Director, Division of Adult Institutions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Richard is a guest TONIGHT on Larry King Live.


The opinions expressed below are his own and we welcome your comments.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has been using dogs to find narcotics for several years.
But  with the ban on tobacco products and the growing problem of contraband cell phones, I wanted to see if dogs could be used to find tobacco and cell phones. I contacted Sgt. Wayne Conrad and asked for his help. Sgt. Conrad handles CDCR's dog training program.  Once he was able to determine that cell phones did indeed have a unique odor, he developed a training plan.

The biggest obstacle to starting the K-9 p program was money. With California's budget problems, there was none.  Sgt. Conrad knew he wanted to use the  Belgian Malinois breed because of their excellent focus and personalities, so he contacted the Belgian Malinois Rescue group. They put him in touch with Debbie Skinner, a nationally known breeder and part of the rescue group.  In February 2009, she suggested 5-year-old Caesar to Wayne.  For just a small pet adoption fee of $300, Caesar became the first dog in the contraband detection program.

In August 2009, Drako was added to the program based on Caesar's success.  Drako was donated to the program by Debbie at no cost.  His training began in September 2009. He has been in service for nearly a year.

Training for these dogs is managed by Sgt. Conrad at the Richard A. McGee Training Center in Galt, California. The center conducts the basic correctional officer and parole agent training academies.  Each dog much successfully pass the department's 160-hour detection training. The dogs are trained to detect marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, tobacco and cell phones.

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