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Salem Police Canine Gino Retires, Retired Canine Charlie Passes Away

News Release from: Salem Police Dept.
Posted: February 25th, 2013 5:59 PM

The Salem Police Department is currently in the process of selecting a new canine handler and canine to replace a long-time handler who retired his canine and is leaving the unit.

Officer Darrell Wood, who has been a canine handler for nearly sixteen years, retired his canine Gino in January and will be leaving the Salem Police Canine Unit to assume duties as a senior patrol officer. Gino worked for seven and one half years on the streets of Salem with Officer Wood, deploying 798 times and capturing 283 suspects. Gino is now eleven and a half years old and will be retiring to become a family dog with Officer Wood and his family.

The Salem Police Department is also mourning the loss of retired canine Charlie, who retired from active service in September of 2011. Charlie worked the streets of Salem with Officer Bruce Fineran for five years, deploying on 1518 calls for service and assisting in the arrest of 761 suspects. Since his retirement Charlie had been enjoying his retirement with the Fineran family, but his rapidly declining health led to the very difficult decision to have him euthanized. Charlie will be missed by the entire Salem Police family.

The Salem Police Department canine unit is supported largely through the generosity of the public. Donations have played a very large part in our ability to maintain our canine program at the high level of proficiency to which our community has become accustomed. The Salem Police Department is asking for support in this very worthwhile investment in the safety of our community.

Tax deductible donations can be made and further information about the Salem Police Foundation can be found on the Salem Police Foundation website at or dropped off or mailed to the Salem Police Department, 555 Liberty St SE, Salem, OR 97301. Questions can be directed to the K9 Unit supervisor, Sgt Steve Smith at

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