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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- All dogs are trained to detect quagga mussels, firearms and associated odors.
- Depending upon their deployment locations, individual teams are trained in:
- bear gallbladders
CDFW K-9 Teams
Lieutenant Bob Pera & Indie
K-9 Program Coordinator
Warden Timothy Bolla & Luna
Warden Brian Boyd & Champ
Warden Paul Cardoza & Kilo
Warden Patrick Freeling & Cali
Warden Teri Hickey & Keara
San Luis Obispo County
Warden Brian Patrick & Karma
Warden Mike Beals & Rage
Warden Nick Buckler & Beedo
Warden Shane Embry & Link
Warden Aaron Galwey & Ghillie
Warden Mike Hampton & Leeloo
Warden Nick Molsberry & Scout
Warden Jeff Moran & Tess
Warden Nate Smith & Gaston
Warden Casey Thomas & Canna