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RBPD K-9 Unit to Get New Training Field

Sharefest will fund the renovation of the field, which is located in South Redondo Beach.

The Redondo Beach Police Department's K-9 unit will soon have a new place to train complete with new footing and storage buildings, thanks to the efforts of Sharefest Community Development.

On Tuesday night, the Redondo Beach City Council unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding between the city and Sharefest, an organization that invests in the community through volunteer and collaborative projects, to renovate the field at the Doris Pump Station on the border of Torrance and Redondo Beach in South Redondo Beach.

Sharefest plans to spend $75,000—funded mainly through donations from the community—to build the training center. As part of the renovations, an irrigation system will be installed; sod or turf will be added to the field; a chain-link fence will be erected; electrical service will be added to the area; two sheds will be put up to store training equipment; and signage will be put up.

"The success of our Canine Team is dependent on our officers' ability to have somewhere to go to train their canine partners," said Capt. Jeff Hink in a statement on the Sharefest website. "We've always had great support from the community. Our partnership with Sharefest is a great opportunity for us to continue to work hand in hand with the community to build a new training site for our officers and canines."

According to Sharefest, the work will mainly be done on the organization's 10th Annual Workday on May 4.

For more information and to donate, visit the Sharefest website.

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