The Tustin Police Department currently has two K-9 teams.
A K-9 team consists of a canine handling officer and his or her police service dog. They are part of the Community Policing Bureau and are assigned to Patrol.
K-9 teams generally work night shift hours. This unit is a valuable asset to the department for many reasons. They provide a cost-saving benefit because they are able to handle certain calls which usually require two police officers. The K-9 teams’ functions are to:
- Respond to alarm and prowler calls
- Conduct building and article searches
- Detect narcotics
- Track and apprehend suspects