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ACPD Announces K9 Program

The Auraria Campus Police Department (ACPD) is pleased to announce its newest team member: Dash, the K9. Dash and his handler, ACPD Officer Corey Averill, are the first K9 unit for the campus.

Dash is a one-year-old white golden retriever who is being trained for explosives detection. As a team, Dash and Officer Averill will conduct searches for a variety of explosive materials on campus. When the ACPD receives calls about suspicious packages or unattended backpacks, Dash and Officer Averill can respond and investigate. In addition, the team will support high-profile events that require protective sweeps.

While Dash was selected to join the ACPD in September, he won’t be ready for active duty until after Thanksgiving. His comprehensive training program, which is being completed in tandem with Officer Averill, runs for 10 weeks through Rocky Mountain Canine Academy. To keep their skills sharp, training will be ongoing through Dash’s career.

Averill has been with the ACPD since 2015, and was selected from a strong pool of candidates to take on the K9 handler role. Prior to the ACPD, Averill worked as a military police officer for the Army in Baumholder, Germany and Fort Polk, Louisiana.

“One of the things that stood out was Officer Averill’s comfort level and confidence with animals from his years of service in the military,” said Chief Michael Phibbs.

Officer Averill and Dash are excited about their new assignment, and are looking forward to serving the Auraria Campus community. While Dash’s primary responsibility will be explosives detection, he also loves to make new friends with students, faculty, and staff. 

“The campus community is invited to stop and meet Dash when we’re out and about on campus,” said Averill. “However, before calling Dash’s name or petting him, please confirm with me that he isn't actively working.”

When Dash isn’t doing police work, he enjoys romping with his friend, Denali, chasing tennis balls, and savoring Kongs filled with biscuits and peanut butter.

Follow Dash’s adventures on Instagram: @DashtheK9.