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Our Mission Statement:
The Bakersfield Police Department is committed to achieving excellence in public safety by conducting ourselves with honor, providing selfless service, exhibiting physical and moral courage, and vigilantly safeguarding our community.




K-9 Training

K9 Training

When the dogs are selected in Europe (we have had dogs from Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, and Hungary), most of the dogs have a background in "Schutzhund" which is a dog training sport commonly practiced in Europe. The dogs usually have a basic understanding of tracking, obedience, and handler protection. Once they are imported and arrive here, they are matched to a handler.

What follows is a ten week training period where the handler bonds with his dog and the teams are trained to effectively work together.

During this training period, the teams are taught to perform open-area searches (industrial yards, orchards, cotton fields, etc.). They are trained to effectively search the interior of buildings. K9 TrainingThe teams are trained to "clear" felony vehicle stops. During this activity, the K-9 will check the interior of a vehicle during a "high risk" stop to make sure there are no potentially dangerous suspects attempting to conceal themselves inside the vehicle.

Tracking skills are reinforced, as is an emphasis on handler protection. The K-9 teams are trained to locate and "alert" or "indicate" the presence of certain controlled substances. At the conclusion of this training, the dog teams are tested. However, they must still complete a two-week field training period with another experienced K-9 team.

All the teams train together twice a month and the handlers will often individually train daily to reinforce the skills that have been previously taught.

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