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Pictured are Lt. Dorothy Scheid, K-9 officer Matthew Rushton and Sgt. Chris Alkadis with new K-9 officer Charlie. (photo submitted)

Hermosa Beach Police Officer Matt Rushton and his new canine partner, Charlie, are scheduled to complete training this week and begin patrolling Hermosa Beach on Nov. 17.

Rushton, a four-year veteran, was recently selected as the department’s K-9 handler.

After a thorough search and testing of qualified dogs, Charlie was selected to join the HBPD team.

The new K-9 officer is a two-year-old male Springer Spaniel who was born and raised in England. He was imported to Southern California where he has been trained extensively in explosive detection. 

The HBPD sought an explosive trained canine to help it protect the public during the large community events held in Hermosa Beach and other cities in the South Bay.

Charlie will be able to detect numerous explosive odors. In addition, the K-9 has been trained in agility, obedience and searches of vehicles, buildings, open areas, buried items, luggage and packages. He’s trained to work in various settings, including being around people and in large crowds.

Hermosa Beach’s last K-9 officer was Keef, a Labrador that retired on Nov. 28, 2017, and lives with his handler, Det. George Brunn. 

Charlie will be introduced as an official member of the HBPD at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Contact this reporter at mhixon@tbrnews.com or on Twitter @michaeljhixon.com.

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