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The mission of the Hemet Police Department's Canine Unit (K-9) is to maintain a team of highly-trained officers and canine partners who are prepared and equipped to assist with critical incidents which go beyond the scope of normal police operations.  They also handle routine calls for service, assist with searching for lost/missing persons, assist officers with narcotics searches, and are often called upon to do demonstrations. They often speak at community events and at area schools. Utilizing the natural abilities of their canine partners, these specially trained officers have proven to be a great asset to the Department. 

HPD K9 Unit

 

Members

Team members are selected from the ranks of the departmentHemet Police K9 Officer Canine and serve as K-9 Officers as a collateral duty in addition to their regular patrol assignments. K-9 team members must stay in excellent physical condition and must demonstrate superior ability to successfully interact with the canine. The two become true partners; they live and work together. The handler is responsible for housing and caring for his/her partner. Following the handler selection process, the officer meets his/her four legged partner for the first time. From birth, the dog has been trained for this day. The two start doing everything together and must successfully complete five weeks of intensive training. To maintain their abilities and skills following graduation, the K-9 teams train once a week with other teams from throughout Southern California. 

The unit is supervised by Sergeant Dan Reinbolt.


Member Bios 

HPD K9 MaddoxCorporal Derek Maddox was hired by the Hemet Police Department in 2004 after being a Hemet Police Explorer for several years. He became a K-9 handler in 2009 with his new 14-month old K-9 partner, Rosco. They graduated the basic K-9 academy at Master K-9 in September of that year. Officer Maddox and Rosco patrol the City of Hemet and are often called to assist in the unincorporated areas of Hemet and the City of San Jacinto. Rosco is an 85 pound Belgium Malinois and his commands are given in the Dutch language. He was originally purchased from a vendor in France with basic training. Rosco is trained in patrol work: locating, controlling and apprehending criminal suspects, locating missing or lost persons, evidence location, and handler protection. Rosco has several apprehensions to include armed suspects. Rosco enjoys going to work and would do so everyday if he had his way. Rosco loves going to events throughout the city and loves young children.



Hemet Police Officer Gomez K9 Jack Officer Matthew Gomez was hired by the Hemet Police Department in 2011 after coming to us from another agency. He became a K-9 handler in 2013 with his new 2 year old K-9 partner, Jack. They graduated the basic K-9 academy at Adlerhorst International, Inc. in July of 2013. Officer Gomez and Jack patrol the City of Hemet and are often called to assist in the surrounding communities in and around Hemet. Jack is a 70 pound Belgium Malinois and his commands are given in the Dutch language. He was originally purchased from a vendor in the Netherlands with a title in K.N.V.P. (Royal Dutch Police Dog Certification). Jack is trained in patrol work: locating, controlling and apprehending criminal suspects, locating missing or lost persons, evidence location, and handler protection.


Jack was purchased, equipped, and trained with funds which were generously donated from Golden Village Palms R.V. Resort, the Gosch Auto Group, and several other members of the community.


Become a Hemet Police K-9 Training Site
Hemet Police Canine Training Officer
To enhance our weekly training we are constantly looking for new areas and buildings to train in. To partner with the Hemet Police Department K-9 Unit and become a Police Canine training site, contact us by e-mailing a member of the K-9 unit.  A member from the unit will contact you to provide further information and answer any questions you may have. Thank you and we look forward to becoming partners with you in our community.

E-Mail  K-9 Sergeant Dan Reinbolt

E-Mail  K-9 Officer Derek Maddox & Rosco

E-Mail K-9 Officer Matt Gomez & Jack

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 The Hemet Police K-9 Unit would like to thank Greg and Lynn Adams from The House of Portraits for the following slideshow.  The facilities and staff at THOP are outstanding.  Thank you for the great photos !!


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HPD K9 Rosco

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