SFPD Drug-Sniffing Dog Gets His Star

A key member of the SFPD is a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel named Mac.

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    The San Francisco Police Department held a special ceremony at the Hall of Justice Wednesday to recognize the effort of the Investigations Bureau. The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to a member of the narcotics team, who just happens to be a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel named Mac.

    The San Francisco Police Department held a special ceremony at the Hall of Justice Wednesday to recognize the effort of the Investigations Bureau.

    The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation by San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr to a member of the narcotics team, who just happens to be a 3-year-old Springer Spaniel named Mac.

    Chief Suhr pinned Mac with an official police star No. 1408. That is the same star number of Mac’s handler Officer Britt Elmore. Both are assigned to the Narcotics Federal Task Force.

    The SFPD says Mac has assisted in the seizure of over $3.75 million in cash. They say he sniffed out the money in parcels, airport passenger encounters, and "large take downs" of both drug and gang operations.

    Mac is also trained to find things like marijuana, cocaine, meth and heroin and has helped in the seizure of more than 500 pounds of illegal drugs, according to SFPD.

    And he's racked up those totals in less than two years.

    Mac was born in England and was given to the department by IDTA Director Ronald Brooks in July 2010.