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K9 Cavik – San Francisco, California

Died – 1/4/18
Handler – Officer Matt Maciel

SFPD Canine Officer Dies

A San Francisco police canine named “Cavik” has died as a result of an illness, police said today. The K-9, a Belgian Malinois shepherd, passed away last Thursday.Cavik was born in the Netherlands in 2009 and joined San Francisco police in 2011 with training in patrol and explosive detection, police said. The dog frequently helped with suspect searches, doing security sweeps for dignitary visits and events at large venues, and performing canine demonstrations, according to police. His handler, Officer Matt Maciel, worked with Cavik to assist at events including 2012 and 2014 World Series games for the San Francisco Giants, Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, and the 2012 U.S. Open golf tournament at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, police said. “Cavik was always eager to go to work but also enjoyed time at home with Officer Maciel and his family,” police said in a statement. “He will be sorely missed by both the Maciel family and SFPD family.”

Submitted By Jim Cortina

James A. Cortina has been involved with police dogs since 1972 and currently on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Jim has been appointed as Treasurer since its inception in 1991. Jim is one of the charter members of the C.P.W.D.A. organization. Since 1975 he has been a certified professional dog trainer and received his Master Trainer Certification in 1985. During his career he has provided armed K-9 strike crowd control for security agencies in Connecticut and out of state security companies. In conjunction with other members of the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. Board of Directors, he helped to draft Connecticut Statute 53-247(e) "Intentional Injury or Killing of Police K-9" which was passed by the Senate in 1993 and also assisted in implementing the prestigious Daniel Wasson Memorial K-9 Award in 1992. In 1993 he helped coordinate the North American Police Work Dog Association Nationals in New London, Connecticut. He was appointed Training Director for the New London County Work Dog Association from 1985-1987. He performed decoy work for Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc. in police K-9 demonstrations, trained several local police department canines, and coordinated training workshops for out-of-state police departments. He participated in the United States Police K-9 Association Trials in Croton on Hudson, New York in 1985 as a decoy. He is an avid photographer and received photography awards in 1989, 1990, and 1991 and currently takes photographs for the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association Inc.