Canines are a proven law enforcement tool that has the potential to save officers time and lives. Their keen sense of hearing, smell (olfactory) coupled with their speed and agility can locate people or objects, such as evidence, in less time than officers. In high risk situations, the canine can approach or subdue a person without personal injury risk to officers, who can otherwise have to deal with the incident alone.
As a tactical tool, canines can provide a valuable psychological impact and when necessary a physical apprehension. They are invaluable in locating lost or missing persons. Also they can provide a positive public relations impact and a crime prevention deterrent effect. Extensive training and proper procedures are a necessity.
The Murrieta Police Department currently has the following 5 K9 teams:
Corporal Elliott and Kazan
K9 Kazan is a 6 year old German Shepard. He is certified in Patrol and
Narcotics and is currently assigned to Corporal Elliott. Corporal Elliott
and K9 Kazan have been a K9 team since 2011. K9 Kazan was born
and received his initial training in Slovakia and uses Czech commands.
In his free time K9 Kazan enjoys running around the yard and chewing on his Kong.
Officer Hollenweger and Rocky
K9 Rocky is a 7 year old Belgian Malinois. He is certified in
Patrol and Narcotics and is currently assigned to Officer
Hollenweger. K9 Rocky and Officer Hollenweger are the
departments only certified SWAT K9 team. Officer Hollenweger
and K9 Rocky have been a K9 team since 2014. K9 Rocky
was born, and received his initial training, in Netherlands
and uses Dutch commands. In his free time K9 Rocky
enjoys playing with Officer Hollenweger's other dogs and Lepidoptera.
Officer Harwick and Buck
K9 Buck is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois. He is certified in
Patrol and is currently assigned to Officer Harwick. K9 Buck
and Officer Harwick have been a K9 team since 2016.
K9 Buck was born, and received his initial training, in
Netherlands and uses Dutch commands. In his free
time K9 Buck enjoys going on walks with Officer
Harwicks’ family and playing tug of war with his
favorite rope toy.
Officer Huss and Pak
K9 Pak is a 6 year old Belgian Malinois. He is certified in
Patrol and Tracking and is currently assigned to Officer
Huss. K9 Pak and Officer Huss will be attending the
basic patrol academy together in April 2017. K9 Pak was
born, and received his initial training, in Germany and
uses Czech commands. While in Germany Pak attained
a Schutzhund IPO-3 ranking, certifying him at an
advanced level of Obedience, Tracking & Protection.
Officer Zeltner and Ranger
K9 Ranger is a 6 year old Bloodhound. He is certified in
Mantrailing and is currently assigned to Officer Zeltner.
K9 Ranger and Officer Zeltner have been a K9 team
since 2015. K9 Ranger was born in Texas where he
received his basic training. He began his career with
Bend Oregon Police Department where he located a
missing senior citizen on his first day as a police K9.
Ranger had much success in Oregon and eventually,
Ranger made his way to the Murrieta Police
Department and Officer Zeltner. In Murrieta, Ranger
and Officer Zeltner have assisted in locating lost hikers,
fleeing suspects, lost adults and lost children. In his
free time K9 Ranger enjoys running around and
playing catch with his abnormally large tennis ball.
For questions regarding the K9 program or to request a demonstration please email the unit at MPDK9@MURRIETACA.GOV
Paws 4 Law
Paws 4 Law was founded in 2012 by a group of local residents and business owners. This organization is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization formed to support the City of Murrieta Police Department's K9 program. Visit their Facebook page for further details on the organization and watch a video of the Paws 4 Law 2013 event.
Sergeant Scott Montez