Washoe School Police K9 Dies at 16

By: Staff/Washoe School District Email
By: Staff/Washoe School District Email

Reno, NV - A longtime Washoe County School District Police K-9 has died after years of health problems.

Yoshi was the first K-9 the department had, and along with Officer Palacios, started the K-9 program for the department.

Yoshi, a German Shepard, started his service with the department at the age of two. Yoshi was trained to detect illegal narcotics, as well as firearms. During Yoshi's first week of service, he located five and a half pounds of marijuana, with an approximate value of $5,000. Over the course of his service, Yoshi conducted hundreds of proactive "sniffs" of classrooms and other various buildings throughout the district.

In addition to his normal district responsibilities, Yoshi assisted local and federal law enforcement, including: Reno PD, Sparks PD, Washoe County Sheriff's Office, The Department of Homeland Security, The Drug Enforcement Agency and Federal Parole and Probation. He also assisted with Dignitary Protection Details. Yoshi was also involved in community-wide activities such as Kids' Fairs, Career Fairs, The Hispanic Heritage Fair, and numerous classroom presentations from kindergarten to high school.

In 2003, the Governor's Office awarded Officer Mario Palacios and K-9 Yoshi the "Outstanding Performance and Dedications to the Field of Substance Abuse Prevention and Enforcement" award.

After retiring from active duty in 2006, Yoshi enjoyed his retirement days with the Palacios family. On November 16th, 2011 at the age of sixteen, Yoshi passed away. The school district thanks Yoshi, Officer Palacios and the Palacios family for their dedication and service to the students, staff, parents, and the Washoe County community.

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