Dog News, Obituaries

CDCR, CMC staff say goodbye to K‑9 Seger

CMC K-9 Seger ceremony with lieutenant at lectern.
CMC-ISU Lieutenant Eric Smith speaks about K-9 Seger as members of the CMC Honor Guard stand in the background.
CMC Officer Beck and his K-9 partner Seger.
Officer Beck and K-9 Seger.

The CDCR Central Region K-9 Team recently joined California Men’s Colony (CMC) staff to bid farewell to K-9 Seger.

After three years of fulfilling CDCR’s mission, Seger’s watch ended tragically August 18, 2022.

Seger had worked with Central Region K-9 Officer Kevin Beck since June 2019.

According to those in the K-9 program, Seger was tireless, responsible for several large-scale contraband interdictions.

Based out of CMC, Seger and Beck worked closely with members of the institution’s Investigative Services Unit (ISU.) Throughout his career, Seger discovered:

  • 31 cellular telephones
  • over two pounds of marijuana
  • and several pounds of tobacco, heroin and methamphetamine.

During the CMC ceremony held near Seger’s old training area, CMC-ISU Lt. Eric Smith delivered a moving and powerful tribute, focusing on Seger and Beck’s dedication to CDCR, CMC and each other.

Smith described how the bond between an officer and their K-9 partner is unique because the K-9 is literally part of the officer’s family. The element of trust that existed between Seger and Officer Beck was unspoken yet easily observed by anyone who watched them work and train together.

In the end, the Central Region K-9 Team told Seger to rest easy and promised, “The team will take it from here.”

Read Seger’s original obituary published in August.

By Lieutenant J. Hill

Learn more about CDCR’s K-9 programs.

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