Ione Police Department
Pras and his training were made possible through funds raised by the Ione community during a fundraiser in October 2010.
Pras and handler Officer Josh Long completed certification in March 2011 and now patrol the streets of
Ione. The two direct their
proactive enforcement efforts
towards drug and suspicious
In May 2011, Officer Long and Pras took first place in the Western States Police Canine Association (WSPCA) trials in Dos Palos. This organization is a multi-state law enforcement association that is dedicated to promoting training, efficiency and professionalism in service dog teams and regularly host police canine trials throughout the state.
Canine teams compete in search, obedience, agility and protection.
Law enforcement canine teams from a variety of agencies enter
and compete. These include city police, county sheriff, and bureau of narcotics enforcement, probation and corrections.
The events are designed to measure the proficiency of the handler and canine and to assess the teams overall abilities. Teams also have the opportunity to train and build their field knowledge by working with some of the most highly regarded professionals in the industry.
Officer Josh Long personally paid to participate in the event, and improve his skill level and exposure. This was Officer Long and Pras’ first outing to a high level competition canine event. At the end of the day, the team walked away with a first place trophy in the overall scoring for its class. This is a remarkable accomplishment for such a new team and young K9.
Both represented the City of Ione well in an arena often dominated by larger agencies with many more resources. Their victory is the result of quality training, dedication and exceptionally high standards this City has committed to hiring.