Sacramento police have a new police dog courtesy of a foundation established in memory of a fallen city police officer.
Finn, a 20-month-old Belgian Malinois, recently completed training and is partnered with Officer Scott Harshbarger, a 16-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department, according to a department news release. Harshbarger’s first K-9, Bing, recently was forced to retire after suffering an on-duty injury, police said.
Finn joined the K-9 unit thanks to funds donated to the Police Department by the William C. Bean Memorial Foundation. The foundation is operated by Bill Bean Sr., father of William Bean Jr., a Sacramento police officer who was slain during a traffic stop on Feb. 9, 1999 in North Sacramento.
The foundation, established days after the officer’s death, offers scholarships to area high schools, Sierra College and the Butte Police Academy.
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Bill Bean Sr. has assisted with funding for police dogs in the belief that additional K-9 teams in the city would increase officer safety and possibly help avoid incidents like that which led to the slaying of his son, the news release said.