The newest member of the Bakersfield Police Department is one year old, barks, and has a tail and a wet nose.
Maverick, a Belgium Malinois from Hungary, will join the canine force after eight weeks of initial training.
Police dogs work between four and six years before entering retirement, according to a Bakersfield Police Department press release.
The department says a donation from two local residents made Maverick’s purchase possible.
– Anthony Pollreisz