The Concord Police Department Canine Unit serves the department and community in several different areas. Each patrol rotation is assigned a Canine unit that works to assist patrol. The unit also performs several hundred public demonstrations throughout the year.
Our Canine Unit currently has four canine teams. A new canine team is placed into a 12-week training program here in Concord. The new handler goes through over 40 hours of classroom training, in addition to the many field-training hours. Once the training is complete, the new canine unit must pass a certification test before being released to patrol duties.
All canines are trained and tested in obedience, aggression control, tracking, building search, area search and narcotics detection. Each canine is assigned to one officer and stays with that officer throughout his career. When a canine retires, the officer/handler usually keeps the canine.
MPO Willet is the senior K9 officer and head trainer for the K9 Unit. MPO Willet has worked tirelessly with the other K9 officers in the training and certification of the new K9’s that have recently joined the department. MPO Willets partner Bendix is a four year old German shepherd and has been with the department since 2015.
Kodi, who has been partnered with Officer David Mertz since November, is a one year old Belgian Malinois and has already had successful narcotics detections and suspect apprehensions.
K9 Wolf is a two year old German shepherd and is partnered with Master Police Officer Joel Patterson and was certified in May 2018.
K9 Csubi, who replaced recently retired K9 Rico, is an 18 month old German shepherd and is partnered with Officer Trey Brown.
If your school, agency, or company would like a K-9 demonstration, please contact Major Jimmy Hughes at (704) 920-5060.