The primary objective of the Atascadero Police Department K-9 Unit is to reduce hazard exposure to uniformed patrol officers as they carry out their public safety mission. When fully staffed, the unit is authorized two officer handlers and their respective service dogs. The program is overseen by a sergeant.
In an effort to maintain the highest operational standards, each K-9 team regularly participates in ongoing intensive training with other regional police service dog and handler teams at the Inglis Police Dog Training Academy. The day-long training occurs at least twice each month with additional specialized training occurring throughout the year.
K-9 officers are available to perform demonstrations for public service organizations, schools, or other civic groups. If you would like to schedule a demonstration for your group or would like additional information regarding the K-9 program, please contact Sergeant John Taylor.