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About The BPD K-9 UnitBakersfield Police Department K-9 Team

The Bakersfield Police Department K-9 Unit was established in 1988 with the first teams being placed into service in January 1989. The original team consisted of four German shepherd police dogs which were imported from Europe. The unit has since expanded in size to its current compliment of 11 cross-trained patrol dogs (detection and apprehension). Three of these K-9's detect the odor of drugs and eight detect the odor of explosive materials. The breeds which make up the current K-9 teams of the Bakersfield Police Department are either German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois.

Since 1989 the unit has been responsible for thousands of arrests, from burglary to homicide suspects.

BPD K-9 Unit Events 

Every year the BPD Hosts the Annual Howlin' at the Moon Fun Run and the Annual Bakersfield K-9 Trial, as well as participate in other Law Enforcement sponsored K-9 Trials. Please check back for information on upcoming events 

K-9 Unit Demonstrations
The Bakersfield Police Department K-9 Unit frequently provides demonstrations to the public. These demonstrations showcase many of the units' capabilities. These demonstrations, which are usually done for schools and benevolent organizations, can be scheduled by calling (661) 326-3470.

The K-9 Unit encourages responsible pet ownership by advocating the following: 

  • Licensing
  • Vaccinating
  • Spay/neutering your pets

For more information visit the Animal Care Center and Animal Control website.