Beaumont, CA – The Beaumont Police Department is excited to announce we are expanding our Police Canine Program. The Beaumont City Council approved a proposal last night to expand the Beaumont Police Department’s Canine Program, to include a patrol/detection canine. In 2016, the Beaumont Police Department implemented a detection canine program with the addition of K9 Mila and the appointment of K9 Handler Corporal Brieda. Corporal Brieda and K9 Mila have proven to be a vital asset, both locally and regionally.
The expansion of our canine program allows us to better serve our community. A patrol/detection canine would assist the department in four categories including, suspect apprehension, suspect tracking, narcotic detection, and community involvement. Some of the benefits of having a patrol/detection canine include: citizen and officer safety, increasing likelihood of suspect apprehension, reducing the need to resort to deadly force, ability to track fleeing suspects and detect narcotics that can lead to the increase in arrests and convictions.
Another benefit of the canine program includes the ability to partner with our community to support our K9 Officers. Canines are a positive tool for community policing as they draw attention and build positive relationships between the police department and our citizens. Currently, the Beaumont Police Department offers a K9 Fundraising program, which offers the community a means to be active partners in the program. A few ways to donate to our program include purchasing K9 Unit Merchandise, adding a donation amount when you purchase or renew your City of Beaumont pet license, or any of our other organized fundraising events.
With the Beaumont City Council’s approval to expand our canine program, we can now begin the selection process of our new K9 and Handler. Check back with us in the next few months to see us introduce our new K9 Officer.