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There's a new nose on the Commerce PD


By Kevin Jefferies

Commerce – The Commerce Police Department has a new officer. Rocco, the department's new drug dog, has joined the force. Rocco is the culmination of an agreement between the City of Commerce and Commerce ISD in a joint effort to pay for and care for the dog. CISD paid up-front costs to secure the dog, but will see a significant discount for drug dog services on campus.

Commerce Police Officer Sonny Martin is Rocco's handler. The two are certified now to do all the K-9 functions. Rocco has already been used in a traffic stop where he found methamphetamine residue and drug paraphernalia.

Rocco will have three main functions. He will be used in article searches to locate weapons or items from a crime scene; he will be used to do tracking for the department in such cases as missing children; and of course Rocco will be used for narcotics searches during traffic stops and in locker searches at schools.