Rio Rancho gets K-9 training boost - Albuquerque Journal

Rio Rancho gets K-9 training boost

Rio Rancho Police K9 Unit Sgt. David Portis directs his bomb dog, Abraham, to search for explosive material in a new scent-training board on Wednesday. Cleveland High School student Mason Naus, a son of another RRPD sergeant, led creation of the board for his Eagle Scout project. (Argen Marie Duncan/Rio Rancho Observer)

Rio Rancho Police K9 Unit members have a new tool to sharpen their dogs’ sniffing skills, thanks to a local teenager’s Eagle Scout project.

Cleveland High School senior and Boy Scout troops 1 and 459 member Mason Naus, son of Rio Rancho Police Department Sgt. Michael Naus, recently presented the scent-training board he designed to the department.

The board is made of plywood in a steel frame and has two sections, each containing five attachments for interchangeable cylinders that can hold samples of drugs or explosive materials for dogs to find.

Sgt. Naus, who’s worked at RRPD for 26 years, said if the department ever expands to include cadaver dogs, it could get more cylinders and use the board for that training, too.

The board folds up and bolts together for easier transportation.

K9 Unit Sgt. David Portis said the board would be “super beneficial” in focusing the canines on specific spaces and helping new dogs improve and experienced dogs review basics. He said the unit depends on outside funding for equipment and couldn’t have gotten a scent board without the donation.

“So the fact we’ve been gifted this is really appreciated,” he continued.

bright spot logoMason Naus, who’s been a scout for about a dozen years, said he decided on the scent board as his Eagle Scout project because his family just adopted a dog, he wanted to keep the service local and his father works with the police department and knows the dog handlers.

“I talked to the (K9) officers about it, and they loved it,” he said.

Sgt. Naus said he and Mason worked hand-in-hand and wanted to do something different than other Eagle Scout projects.

“We wanted something that would last and be a tangible thing,” Sgt. Naus said.

He said law enforcement K-9 teams around the Rio Rancho area train together, so the board will benefit multiple agencies and their communities.

The younger Naus came up with the idea for the scent-training board after research, and said the design took a couple of days


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

Nativo Sponsored Content

taboola desktop

MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS

1
Students in need get a holiday shopping splurge
ABQnews Seeker
Businesses donate thousands to let kids ... Businesses donate thousands to let kids shop at local department stores
2
NM author recognized by Andy Warhol Foundation
Arts
Foundation's Arts Writers Grants awarded a ... Foundation's Arts Writers Grants awarded a total of $695K to 20 writers
3
Hot air balloon 'menorah' to be lit Sunday
ABQnews Seeker
Event marks the last night of ... Event marks the last night of the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah
4
The tumbleweed snowman is here
ABQnews Seeker
Holiday fixture has spread cheer along ... Holiday fixture has spread cheer along westbound I-40 for 26 years
5
NMSU has nutty idea for citations
ABQnews Seeker
Donations of peanut butter will be ... Donations of peanut butter will be accepted in lieu of some parking fines
6
Book dives into the history of the winter sport ...
Arts
Daniel Gibson grew up in the ... Daniel Gibson grew up in the North Valley. ...
7
Giving the Sunport its spotless shine
ABQnews Seeker
Airport users from local dignitaries to ... Airport users from local dignitaries to Hollywood celebrities have complimented the cleanliness of the facilities
8
Cowboy Way is again named Group of the Year
ABQnews Seeker
New Mexico trio brings a different ... New Mexico trio brings a different sound to telling stories of the West through music
9
Make Black Friday perfect this year with a new, ...
ABQnews Seeker
Animal Welfare Department offers free adoptions ... Animal Welfare Department offers free adoptions Friday and over the weekend