K-9 Program

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K9 with Warden Truck

Warden and K9 Unit

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

  • 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

K-9 Unit Sponsorship and Funding

  • The K-9 Program is largely funded through private donations.
  • Tax deductible donations can be mailed to:
     

    California Wildlife Officer's Foundation, K-9 Program
    PO BOX 865
    San Carlos, CA 94070

Wildlife Officer Foundation logo Donate Online

K9 in action (running)

  • For more information on the K-9 program please contact Lieutenant Robert Pera, K-9 Unit Coordinator (530) 621-2705.

CDFW K-9 Teams

Lieutenant Bob Pera & Indie - K-9 Program Coordinator
Lieutenant Bob Pera & Indie
K-9 Program Coordinator

Warden Timothy Bolla & Luna - DBEEP
Warden Timothy Bolla & Luna
DBEEP

Warden Brian Boyd & Champ - MET
Warden Brian Boyd & Champ
MET

Warden Paul Cardoza & Kilo - WET
Warden Paul Cardoza & Kilo
WET

Warden Patrick Freeling & Cali - Mendocino County
Warden Patrick Freeling & Cali
Mendocino County

Warden Teri Hickey & Keara - San Luis Obispo County
Warden Teri Hickey & Keara
San Luis Obispo County

Warden Brian Patrick & Karma - Sacramento County
Warden Brian Patrick & Karma
Sacramento County

Warden Mike Beals & Rage - Glenn County
Warden Mike Beals & Rage
Glenn County

Warden Nick Buckler & Beedo - MET
Warden Nick Buckler & Beedo
MET

Warden Shane Embry & Link - Humboldt County
Warden Shane Embry & Link
Humboldt County

Warden Aaron Galwey & Ghillie – WET
Warden Aaron Galwey & Ghillie
WET

Warden Mike Hampton & Leeloo – Humboldt County
Warden Mike Hampton & Leeloo
Humboldt County

Warden Nick Molsberry & Scout – Orange County
Warden Nick Molsberry & Scout
Orange County

Warden Jeff Moran & K-9 Tess – Stanislaus County
Warden Jeff Moran & Tess
Stanislaus County

Warden Nate Smith & Gaston – Fresno County
Warden Nate Smith & Gaston
Fresno County

Warden Casey Thomas & Canna – Marijuana Permitting
Warden Casey Thomas & Canna
Marijuana Permitting