Canine Teams (K9)
The use of the police K9’s save the citizens of Rialto over 1200 manpower hours annually. The Rialto Police K9’s also conduct several demonstrations throughout the year to meet and greet the public. A majority of these requests for K9 demonstrations are from schools and children’s groups.
Officer Joseph Maltese and Smoky
Officer Maltese has been at the Rialto Police Department since January 2001. During this time, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and is currently assigned to the Canine Unit. Officer Maltese holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands. He is also a California POST certified canine evaluator and has certified canine teams in the southern California region. Officer Maltese is also a member of the California Narcotics Canine Association.
Smoky is a 75-lb. Belgian Malinois. He was born in Holland on December 5, 2005 and was imported into the United States in June 2008.
Officer Maltese and Smoky have been a team since June 2008. Some of Smoky’s duties are apprehending felony suspects, searching for articles, and sniffing for drugs. He is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. Officer Maltese and Smoky have been involved in narcotics investigations which lead to thousands of dollars of U.S. currency and hundreds of pounds of narcotics recovered and seized.
Officer Justin Breen and Kimo
Officer Breen has been a Police Officer with the City of Rialto since 2006. Officer Breen is a U.S. Army Veteran and served in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Officer Breen grew up in the City of Rialto and is a proud Eisenhower High School graduate.
Kimo is a male German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix. Kimo was born in the Czech Republic in September of 2007, where he was trained as a puppy in the sport of Schutzhund. He was trained in the basics of tracking, obedience, and protection by his Czech breeders for sport, before being selected for Police work and imported to the United States. Kimo was purchased by a citizen’s support group, Friends of Rialto Police K-9’s, Inc.
K-9 Kimo and Officer Justin Breen have been partners since July of 2009. Kimo and Officer Breen are trained in Patrol work and narcotics detection. Kimo has helped apprehend numerous criminals, many of whom give up peacefully because he is on-scene. Kimo has also located large amounts of illegal narcotics as well as several firearms used against Police Officers. Kimo’s commands are a mix of Czech and English and he enjoys his time off by taking a swim or chewing on his favorite toy. Kimo has won numerous awards, including 1st place protection during the 2012 Riverside County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Trials.
Officer Dane Stordahl and Bunker
Officer Stordahl began his carrer as a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in 2008. He joined the Rialto Police Department in January 2012 where he was assigned to Patrol. In July of 2015, he was promoted to the Canine Unit.
Bunker is a three and a half year old Dutch Shepherd. He was born in Holland and imported to the United States. Bunker is a dog with a high drive and is currently certified in patrol.