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K-9 Program

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
(951) 461-6370

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