EAGLE — The name of the first K-9 dog at the Eagle Police Department honors a Treasure Valley great, thanks to the Boise Exchange Club.
Al, a 14-month-old female Labrador, is named after Treasure Valley attorney Allen Derr. Derr, who died in June at 85, is well known for his work for womens rights. He won the 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case Reed vs. Reed, which barred states from discriminating based on gender.
He was also a founding member of the Idaho Press Club.
The Boise Exchange Club was granted naming rights after contributing $2,000 to help the department purchase the dog. The nonprofit community service organization has previously helped the Ada County Sheriffs Office buy three dogs.
Al and her handler, Officer Brian Richardson, will go on patrol together after the pair completes the mandatory 160 hours of training.
Previously, the department borrowed dogs from the Ada County Sheriffs Office for drug detection and other purposes, but now they have one of their own.
Weve talked about getting a dog here for years, Eagle Police Chief Stephen Bartlett said in a Monday press release announcing the name. It's been a priority for us, so we are really excited to have (Al).
Sgt. Matt Clifford, supervisor of the Ada County Sheriffs Office K-9 program, went with Richardson to Pacific Coast K9 in Custer, Wash., to pick out the new dog. Al was the best of the bunch, he said.
We looked at 20 dogs and tested 14 of them, but she was the one, Clifford said in the release. We liked her best, and she has a fantastic rapport with Brian."