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K-9 Program

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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

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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

Warden Timothy Bolla and K-9 LUna DBEEP
Warden Timothy Bolla & Luna

Warden Brian Boyd and K-9 Champ MET
Warden Brian Boyd & Champ

Warden Paul Cardoza and K-9 Kilo
Warden Paul Cardoza & Kilo

Warden Patrick Freeling and K-9 Cali
Warden Patrick Freeling & Cali
Mendocino County

Warden Teri Hickey and K-9 Keara
Warden Teri Hickey & Keara
San Luis Obispo County

Warden Brian Patrick K-9 Karma
Warden Brian Patrick & Karma
Sacramento County


Law Enforcement Division
P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 653-4094