Canines are a proven law enforcement tool that have the potential to save officer's time and lives. Their keen sense of hearing and smell, 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 would 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 in successfully managing a police canine.
K-9 Buck is a 7 year-old Belgian Malinois. He is certified in Patrol and Narcotics and is attached to the SWAT team. He is currently assigned to Officer Harwick. K-9 Buck and Officer Harwick have been a K-9 team since 2016. K-9 Buck was born, and received his initial training, in the Netherlands and uses Dutch commands. In his free time, K-9 Buck enjoys going on walks with Officer Harwicks' family and playing tug of war with his favorite rope toy.
K-9 Odin is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois. He is a certified patrol apprehension and Tracking K-9. He is currently assigned to Officer Lynton. K-9 Odin and Officer Lynton have been a K-9 team since December 2019. K-9 Odin was born, and received his initial 3 years of training, in the Netherlands. In his free time, K-9 Odin enjoys going on runs and working out with Officer Lynton. K-9 Odin loves playing tug of war with his favorite rope toy.
K-9 Lew is a 3 year-old Holland’s Herder, or more commonly known as, Dutch Shepherd. K-9 Lew was born, and received his initial training, in the Netherlands and uses Dutch commands. He is currently assigned to Officer Bock and is certified in Patrol and Tracking/Trailing. K-9 Lew and Officer Bock have been a K-9 team since July of 2019. In his free time, K-9 Lew enjoys taking a dip in the pool, playing with his favorite ball and following Officer Bock around the yard.
K9 Mick is a four year old Belgian Malinois who was trained in the Netherlands. Mick is bilingual and understands Dutch and some broken English. Mick is currently assigned to Officer Hayes. The team has been together for almost two years. Mick enjoys swimming in Officer Hayes’ pool, destroying dog toys and playing fetch at the park. Mick also really loves to eat anything that Officer Hayes’ kids drop onto the floor.
Duke is a 3-year-old full breed Bloodhound. He has been assisting the Murrieta Police Department since the age of 16 weeks. Duke serves as a human tracking dog in both criminal and rescue missions. He does this through the ability to scent discriminate, which is the skill to understand and recognize any individual’s scent provided to him at the beginning of a search. Because every person’s scent is as different as a fingerprint, Duke is able to know exactly who he is searching for, no matter the conditions of the trail. Because of this unique ability, Duke’s most common deployments are searches for mental health patients, children and lost hikers.
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 K-9 program. Visit their Facebook page for further details on the organization.