California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Police Service Dogs

K9 with Warden Truck

Detection Dog Team

Teams trained and certified to locate certain odors and evidence. The K-9 may be trained for on-line tracking and trailing, but does not physically contact suspects.

Dual Purpose

Teams trained and certified to locate people, protect officers and apprehend suspects; as well as being trained and certified in the detection of certain odors and evidence. They are also trained for on-line or off-line tracking or trailing.

Program Goal

Up to 24 dogs

  • Studies show that one well-trained dog can save approximately 800 personnel hours per year.
  • Some estimates place the scenting capabilities of a dog at up to a million times greater than a human, which allows them to quickly find concealed evidence and items.

Trained dogs:K9 unit at preschool class

  • Protect their handler, other law enforcement officers, and the public.
  • Track suspects and missing persons, perform area and building searches to locate suspects.
  • Detect illegally taken wildlife, invasive species, hidden firearms, expended casings, and other evidence or articles.
  • Assist in the arrest of suspects.
  • Assist in locating lost or missing persons/officers.
  • Perform valuable educational demonstrations and programs.

Detection training:

  • All dogs are trained to detect quagga mussels, firearms and associated odors.
  • Depending upon their deployment locations, individual teams are trained in:
    • bear
    • bear gallbladders
    • deer
    • fish
    • elk
    • abalone
    • waterfowl

Warden and K9 Unit

Helping Fund the Way

K-9 unit sponsorship and funding:

  • The K-9 Program will be largely funded through private donations.

For more information on the K-9 program please contact Warden Lynette Shimek, K-9 Unit Coordinator (707)275-8862.

Warden and K9 Unit