In late 2012, the Mono County Sheriff's Office added its newest member to the Mono Narcotics Enforcement Team.
Tara is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois who is trained in narcotic detection.
Recently, Tara and her handler, the Mono County Sheriff's Office Narcotic Enforcement Deputy, attended a 200-hour training and certification course in Riverside, CA, sponsored by Alderhorst International Kennels. This course certified "Tara" in narcotic detection.
Tara is trained to detect the odor of narcotics, specifically marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine and their derivatives.
She is trained to alert to the presence of narcotic odor. Her alert consists of a noticeable change in behavior with a final response of barking, biting, or scratching at the location of the odor.
Her alerts vary depending on the location of the odor.
Tara is trained on odor strength varying from residual narcotic odors to the odor of pounds of narcotics.