Concord K9 Program
CPD Fall Throwback
The photo above is of the Concord Police K-9 Team from the early Eighties. From left to right, Officers Burt Byers, Paul Jenny, Bud Wasson, Bruce Weston, Gary Primavera, and Steve Krull. While technology and equipment in policing has changed significantly in the past thirty years (note the plain white Dodge Diplomat in the background), the bond between handler and canine, and the work they engage in on a day-to-day basis, remains the same. The K-9 Unit is, and has been, a significant tool for the Concord Police Department, and has lent greatly to our success as a policing organization.
The Largest K9 Program in Contra Costa County
The Concord Police Department (CPD) maintains the largest municipal law enforcement K9 corps in Contra Costa County, and per capita, the CPD K9 program is one of the largest in the state of California. The CPD K9 Unit has been continuously staffed for over 45 years.
The K9 Corps Today
Today, the CPD currently staffs and deploys six K9 teams within the eight patrol squads. Within each active K9 team, a handler is attached to an individual squad Sergeant for day-to-day supervision.
About our Canines
Our dogs consist of Belgian Malinois and German Shepard canines; all of which are male dogs. Each of the canines is cross-trained, meaning the dogs are trained and state-certified as Police Service Dogs (protection work - search and apprehension), and also state-certified for narcotics detection. All our K9 teams train on a continual, on-going basis and they certify annually as CPD K9s.
For More Information
To find out more about Concord PD’s K9 Program, please call (925) 671-3463, or email us at K9Team@cityofconcord.org.