Canines are a proven law enforcement tool that have the potential to save officer's time and lives. Their keen sense of smell & hearing, coupled with their speed and agility, can locate people or objects in less time than it would take several officers.
In high-risk situations, service of arrest warrants and SWAT missions, canines can provide a valuable psychological impact and when necessary, a physical apprehension The canine can approach or subdue a person without risking injury to officers, who would otherwise have to deal with the incident. Often times the mere presence of a police canine at an incident brings the situation to a peaceful resolution.
Canines also help to provide a positive public relations impact and a crime prevention deterrent effect. They can serve as a bridge between law enforcement and community members, opening doors and starting conversations to help law enforcement and community members build better relationships.
Extensive training and proper procedures are a necessity in successfully managing a police canine.
Murrieta currently has 2 active canine teams with 2 more teams expected later in the year.
K9 Atlas is a 20-month-old Belgian Malinois. Atlas was born in Slovakia, and his initial training occurred in Slovakia. K9 Atlas is assigned to Officer Campbell and is a part of patrol operations. K9 Atlas enjoys playing fetch with any type of ball. K9 Atlas enjoys spending time with Officer Campbell’s family during his free time.
K9 Roger Nelson (Roger) is a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois. He was born in the Netherlands and received his initial training in the Netherlands and Germany. He uses Dutch Commands. He is currently assigned to Officer Harwick and is certified in Patrol Operations and Narcotics Detection. Officer Harwick and K9 Roger have been a team since November 2021. On his days off, K9 Roger can be found chasing his Frisbee in the backyard and playing with his Bassett Hound brother, George.
K9 Raico (pronounced ray-co) is a Belgian Malinois and the newest addition to the K9 team. He was born and raised in the Netherlands. He is currently assigned to Officer Figueroa. They have been a team since January 2023 and recently completed the basic academy and received their “Patrol Team Certification”. On his days off Raico enjoys lying around the pool at home.