Deputy Cedric Adams and Corvin

Deputy Cedric Adams and Corvin

A dog from a Santa Ynez Valley animal shelter and a former police officer in Santa Maria and Lompoc now make up the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department’s first explosives-detecting K-9 team.

Corvin and handler Deputy Cedric Adams recently completed a three-week explosives detection certification process that included the dog successfully alerting to bomb-making materials in vehicles, packages, buildings and open areas, said sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla.

The team is based at the sheriff’s South Station in Oceano.

Corvin and Adams were put to the test last week when they were called to investigate a suspicious device a housekeeper found in an Avila Beach motel room, Cipolla said.

Together, they determined it was not an explosive device but a discarded battery pack.

Corvin, a 2-year-old German shepherd who joined the Sheriff’s Department in February from a Santa Ynez Valley shelter, is cross-trained in apprehension as well as explosives detection.

Adams is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with seven years at the Santa Maria Police Department, eight years at the Lompoc Police Department and 12 years at the San Luis Obispo Police Department, Cipolla said.

He’s been with the SLO County Sheriff’s Department since 2015.

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Mike Hodgson is news editor at the Santa Ynez Valley News, where he writes about local government, special events and the people who live in the Valley. He has been a photographer, writer, news editor and managing editor at weekly newspapers since 1972

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