Purchased with a donation, Bakersfield's newest police dog will find drugs, suspects, missing people

Maverick, Bakersfield Police Department newest of 13 canines, poses in a police car.

When he’s fully trained, one of Bakersfield’s newest police officers will be able to sniff out five kinds of street drugs, find hikers in distress or criminals in hiding — but may still have time to play with a fuzzy, green tennis ball.

That’s because he’s Maverick the police dog, a 13-month old Belgian Malinois (pronounced Mal-en-wa), paid for by a donation from southwest residents Jack and Carol Craig.

On Wednesday, the Bakersfield City Council will formally consider accepting the Craigs’ donation, believed to be the first of its kind.

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