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K-9 Unit
Officer Weldon Wright and his canine RickResponsibilities & Services
The K9 Unit is currently made up of Officer Weldon Wright and canine Rick. This unit works various shifts though out the schedule and concentrates its efforts on drug detection and enforcement.

Officer Wright and Rick have been a team since August of 2009. As a team, these two may handle routine calls for service and assist not only other Portland officers but other agencies who might request their help as well. The K9 Unit’s main objective is to conduct narcotics investigations through criminal interdiction.

Additionally, Officer Wright and Rick are required to have annual evaluations and attend recertification courses for dog handlers and drug dogs.

About Officer Wright
Officer Weldon Wright has been with the Portland Police Department since 1998. Wright holds a Masters Peace Officer License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education. He serves as a member of the department’s Special Response Team; as a field training officer (FTO); as an advisor for the Law Enforcement Explorer Post and is the department’s firearms range master. Prior to joining the department, Officer Wright was a reserve deputy with the Aransas County Sheriff’s Department and a deputy with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. Additionally, Wright has served with the U.S. Navy and is currently a chief petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

About Rick
Rick is a black Dutch shepherd and is about nine years old. He has been with the department since 2004. He is trained to detect a number of substances including marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine.