The Pasadena Police Department along with other law enforcement agencies throughout the world understand how a properly trained K9 can assist their human counterpart in accomplishing their task. Because of a K9's olfactory senses, agility/speed, courage and other attributes we at the Pasadena Police Department utilize police service doges in our day to day quest to make the City of Pasadena a safer place for people to visit and reside in. A police service dog is a very important tool of a law enforcement agency. Police K9's are very efficient and can accomplish a task that could take several officers much longer to do. A properly trained and utilized police service dog could save anywhere between 500-1000 man hours a year.
Currently the Pasadena Police Department has two canines on patrol. The canine or police service dog is a very important tool in the apprehension of suspects and or illegal narcotics. Their olfactory senses are very efficient which allows them to accomplish tasks that would take several officers and a whole lot of time to do. These service dogs keep the officers safe and when properly trained and utilized could save a department anywhere between 500-1000 man hours a year. The Pasadena Police Department K9 section had its humble beginnings in 1991 when Officer Joseph Allard and his narcotic sniffing partner named “Rocky” (11 month old English Springer Spaniel) hit the streets of Pasadena. After 4 years and an estimated one million dollars in drug related arrest, Rocky retired and paved the way for two new patrol/narcotics dogs. In May of 1996 Officer Henry Rosner and Officer Dave Thomas were the first to deploy patrol dogs (German Sheppard’s) in the city of Pasadena. “Lex” Rosner’s dog worked for 4 years before he and his partner retired. “Aron” Thomas’ dog worked for 6 years and had numerous suspect apprehensions. In 2000 Officer Tom Brown and his partner “Art” (Czech Sheppard) worked until January 2010 making numerous suspect and narcotics arrests. Officer Donovan Jones and his partner “Bono” (The departments first Belgian Malanois) hit the streets in 2004 and they currently work the busy weekends. The other current K9 team is Officer Steve Arcand and his partner “Figo” (Belgian Trevuren) who started in January 2010. Both Bono and Figo are crossed trained in patrol and narcotics.