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‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

‘Zar’ the police dog with his human partner, Officer Roger Kinney, respond to a call Friday night. It was the dog’s final shift. (Photo by Eric Harding, News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 15, 2014 –

By News-Ledger Staff

One of the most popular members of West Sacramento’s police department has put in his last shift.

After over six years of service, police dog “Zar” has gone home to become a family dog in the home of his former handler, Sergeant Roger Kinney. Kinney was recently promoted from “Officer” to “Sergeant,” and he will now move into a role supervising the W.S.P.D.’s supervisory unit.

Zar is a Dutch shepherd. He’s a former rescue dog – unusual in his line of work – and  has participated in around 200 searches and succeeded in finding drugs about 50 times, reports Kinney.  When he “has a good day” by finding drugs during a search, Zar been rewarded with a “Six Dollar Burger” from Carl’s Junior.

The News-Ledger’s Eric Harding rode along with Kinney and Zar on their last shift together on West Sacramento’s streets on Friday night.

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

The K9 unit of Officer Kinney and Zar joins officers in answering a report of a man “brandishing a machete.” The officers came to believe the report was unfounded. (Photo by Eric Harding/www.ebharding.com)

Kinney and Zar have been through a lot together. Remember that one-man crime spree that closed the Yolo Causeway for several hours in April, 2012? The gunman put a bullet hole in their car – but the shot missed Zar and Kinney.

And Zar is also popular on the school circuit: he’s won a legion of young fans by visiting local schools and interacting with local kids.

Officer Kinney with Zar -- known by sight to hundreds of schoolchildren in West Sacramento. Zar has been a popular ambassador from the W.S.P.D. to local schools. Now, he’s living a life of leisure as a “family dog.” Click to enlarge.  (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

Officer Kinney with Zar — known by sight to hundreds of schoolchildren in West Sacramento. Zar has been a popular ambassador from the W.S.P.D. to local schools. Now, he’s living a life of leisure as a “family dog.” Click to enlarge. (News-Ledger photo by Eric Harding, www.ebharding.com)

The News-Ledger has reported on Zar several times in recent years.  There’s a very brief video of the dog in a training exercise on WestSac.com, at http://www.westsac.com/blog/2011/12/06/video-west-sac-police-dog-zar-in-action/

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Steve Marschke

Steve Marschke