K9 Law Enforcement Teams (K9)
A K9 dog and its handler are important contributors to investigations. Assigned duties can range from locating suspects, search and rescue operations, detecting illicit drugs or explosives, backing up patrol calls and preventing violent confrontation simply by the dog's presence.
The K9 dog often becomes a part of its handler's family. Together they undergo rigorous training to perform at high levels of professional standards in the field.
Here are some of the real-life situations where K9 teams have proved invaluable in law enforcement.
- Transportation of Methamphetamine
On April 25, 2014, a K9 deputy from the Colorado River Station and his K9 partner, Chico stopped a vehicle on Interstate 10 in the Blythe area for a vehicle code violation. The juvenile driver and her 19-year-old passenger were contacted. An exterior sniff search was conducted on the car and Chico alerted to the trunk area of the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed a substantial amount of suspected methamphetamine. The passenger had an active arrest warrant out of Arizona with full extradition and was later booked into the Blythe Jail for transportation of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine for sales, and for the Arizona arrest warrant.
- Stolen Vehicle & Drug Possession
Deputies assigned to the Jurupa Valley Special Enforcement Team attempted to conduct a vehicle stop on a 1998 Honda Civic in the area of Troth and 50th St., Jurupa Valley. The driver failed to stop for deputies and a pursuit was initiated. The driver continued evading until he stopped the vehicle and ran through residences in the area of 50th St. and Bain. The Riverside Sheriff Aviation unit arrived and spotted the suspect as he ran into the rear yard of a residence located at 10200 block of 48th St. A Riverside Sheriff K9 unit arrived and began a search of the property. The K9 located the subject hiding underneath a semi-truck parked on the property. The subject was taken into custody without incident.
The public is often invited to observe K9 Team Trials and demonstrations. These exhibitions can include K9 teams from other law enforcement agencies as well.