K9 Raider — Therapy
K9 Raider is a 4 year-old English Labrador and a highly trained Facility Dog from Canine Companions for Independence in Oceanside, CA. He knows 40 commands and uses those along with his special skill set to comfortably and safely interact with all community members. K9 Raider is the Corona Police Department’s (CA) first Facility Dog and his primary focus is to assist those impacted by traumatic events and crime.
Raider has worked for the Corona Police Department for 2 years. During that time, Raider has over 350 public events, over 100 trauma victim assists, and has had direct interactions with approximately 45,000 people.
Raider is mostly recognized by becoming the first, and only, dog in Riverside County to assist a victim in court. Since his first court case, he has assisted in seven court cases in four of the five Superior Courtrooms in the county. Raider’s partnership and success with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office has led to the Victim Advocate’s Office obtaining a grant for two Courtroom Dogs.
Raider gained global recognition with his assistance with the Turpin children in 2018. This highly publicized case involved years of severe physical and mental abuse of 13 children by their parents. Raider worked with the children for almost two years.
Raider is also a regional resource as a member of the Riverside County Crisis Response Team. Raider deployed to the Borderline Grill shooting in 2018 and the Saugus High School shooting in 2019.