Redlands Chili’s holding K-9 fundraiser Thursday


The Redlands Chili’s Grill & Bar, 10020 Alabama St., will host a fundraiser for the Redlands Police Department’s canine program from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday (June 14).

If you present the flier (at right) when you dine that day, 15% of your check will be donated to the program.

A little history: In December 2008, the department began its drug-sniffing canine program
with Radar, a black Labrador mix, and his handler, Redlands Police
Officer Dan Figgins, using only private donations.

Since that time
Radar’s ongoing training, food, medical costs, lodging and grooming have
been supported entirely by private funds.

Redlands Police narcotics officers frequently call on Radar and will make him available to other local agencies. Radar also provides regular service to local schools through a contract with the Redlands Unified School District.

Since 2008, Radar has helped in the tracking and recovery of more than 50 kilos of methamphetamine, 20 kilos of cocaine, hundreds of pounds of marijuana and over $634,000 in drug-related money.

However, Radar will soon be retired as a working police canine.

The department has acquired a new canine, a 3-year-old chocolate Labrador named Kass. Kass has been fully trained as an odor narcotic detection dog and will now attend a three-week course to train him to work with his new partner Officer Patrick Estrada.

The dogs and their partners will be on hand to meet the public during the lunch and dinner hours at Chili’s.

For more information, click here or contact Officer Dan Figgins at 909-557-6743 or by email or Officer Patrick Estrada at 909-647-7872 or by email.