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San Ramon police welcome new K-9 unit

2-year-old Belgian Malinois from Germany currently training to become city's newest police dog

The San Ramon Police Department has taken its recruiting to international locations by recently adding a four-legged officer from Germany to its ranks.

Officially announcing the addition on March 29, police dog Egon is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois from Germany who has joined the SRPD as a K-9 officer who will be serving with its human handler, Officer Demetri Tyrovolas.

“I give Egon commands in German, as that is the language he was trained in prior to coming to the United States,” said Tyrovolas, who has been serving as a patrol officer for the past three and a half years. “Egon is a well-rounded dog who can relax on his days off and knows when it is time to work. When Egon is focused on a particular task he lifts his right paw in the air and holds it there.”

Currently Egon and Tyrovolas are receiving their training and preparing to hit the streets. Once they do, the K-9 unit will be used for building searches, tracking and trailing for missing people or suspects, detection of illicit items such as drugs and at felony car stops.

While off-duty, Egon lives with Tyrovolas at his home and lives the life of a normal dog.

“On our days off, Egon enjoys going on runs and hikes with my wife and our pet dog, Jackson,” Tyrovolas said. “Jackson and Egon get along great.”

Egon and Tyrovolas will be the third K-9 unit added to the SRPD, with Egon succeeding K-9 Hector who -- after serving the SRPD for more than six years alongside his handler Officer Allen Molien -- died in December from an aggressive type of canine cancer.

Egon will be joining K-9 Blix, a 2-year-old male Belgian Malinois handled by Officer Rick Gonzalez, and Senna a 7-year-old female Belgian Malinois handled by Officer Abe Medina. Both Blix and Senna are originally from the Netherlands and take their commands in Dutch.

K-9 units are typically recruited from kennels in Europe, in part due to the high breeding standards that have resulted from the popularity of European canine title sports.

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2 people like this
Posted by Laelah Quintor
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 15, 2019 at 6:11 am

Welcome Egon!


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