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.
- 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.
- Commercial Burglary
Officers from the Temecula Police Department responded to a report of a silent alarm activation in the 42500 block of Rio Nedo in the city of Temecula. Upon arrival, responding officers observed three male suspects burglarizing the construction rental business. The suspects attempted to evade the responding officers and fled the area on foot. The neighboring businesses were surrounded as the male suspects ran behind the businesses in the 27300 block of Via Industria. During a search of the area, officers located one suspect hiding in a bush. The suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of a Temecula Police Department K9. A second suspect was taken into custody a short time later.
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.