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.
Officer Harwick & Buck
K-9 Buck is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois. He is certified in Patrol and Narcotics. 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 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.
Officer Huss & Pak
K-9 Pak is a 6 year old Belgian Malinois. He is certified in Patrol and Tracking and is currently assigned to Officer Huss. K-9 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 and Protection.
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.