EL Cerrito Police Mourn the Loss of K-9 King


On February 10, 2012, El Cerrito Police K-9 King died while off-duty. His partner, Officer Joshua Del Prado and other members of the El Cerrito Police Department were by his side at the time of death.

Officer Del Prado took King to the veterinarian because he was showing signs of physical distress. King underwent emergency surgery and it was determined that he was suffering from catastrophic internal damage due to an intestinal torsion and his condition was not survivable. King was previously physically sound.

King was ECPD’s first K-9 and he was purchased with money raised through fundraising efforts of the El Cerrito Police Employees Association as well as through community donations.

King joined the force in late 2010. King was trained in handler protection and person searches. During his short career, King was responsible for tracking and locating an elderly Alzheimer’s patient who wandered away from his home as well as suspects attempting to elude capture.

Officer Del Prado and King also made appearances at several community events and participated in regional Police K-9 trainings with other K-9 teams from the greater Bay Area.

The El Cerrito Police Employees Association / K-9 Association is currently accepting donations which will be applied towards the purchase and training of another K-9.

Donations can be made directly: to the El Cerrito Police Employees’ Association K-9 Account with the SF Police Credit Union:

Account Name: El Cerrito Police Employees Association
Member ID Account: 1377451 S80.1

Or by mail/delivery:
El Cerrito Police Department
10900 San Pablo Ave, El Cerrito, CA  94530

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