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Meet K-9 Jessie
K-9 Officer John Ganci introduces his new partner and first female canine for the Hillsboro Police Department.
I grew up with family dogs and served with canines during my military career; even assisting with their training. When I came to police work, I also had the privilege to assist with K-9 training which continued to feed my passion to be a K-9 officer. This past summer, I applied and was selected to be a K-9 officer for Hillsboro Police.
In October, I traveled to Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana with K-9 Officer David Bonn and Sergeant Anthony Cristofaro to find my drug detection partner. We ran several canine candidates through a number of tests in different environments to assess their temperament, hunt and play drive, and ultimately we selected Jessie.
Jessie is a two-year-old Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands. She is the first female canine for the Hillsboro Police Department K-9 program.
K-9 officers are often able to name their partners, and so was the case for me. I asked for input from my children, and through a process of elimination, we as a family chose, Jessie. She is named after the cowgirl from Toy Story 2, 3, and 4.
Jessie is a people person. While at the Kennel she appeared to be very quiet and did little barking. When I got her home, I hand fed her for a little over a month to build our bond. Now, Jessie has really come into her own. She loves meeting new people and being petted. On her off time she enjoys barking at everything, and chasing butterflies, birds, and squirrels.
Jessie's initial training was five weeks – 200 hours. However, as with all police canines, her training will be ongoing for the rest of her career. She’s been trained to detect the odors emanating from cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.
In December, Jessie received her certification to work as a drug detection canine from the Oregon Police Canine Association.
At this point in our careers, both of us are still very new to this assignment, but we are eager to get out there and meet new people while doing great police work.