Canine Teams (K9)

The Rialto Police Department K9 Unit is made up of four K9 teams. The K9 units are deployed to conduct area, perimeter, open fields and building searches. The police K9’s allow officers perform their duties in a safe manner, by alerting on the areas where suspects have hidden themselves in order to avoid capture and arrest. K9 teams are also trained to detect drugs and narcotics.

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.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the Rialto Police Department K9 Unit, please email Sergeant Josh Lindsay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Officer Glen Anderson and Gilley

In 1997, Officer Glen Anderson joined the Rialto Police Department. In 1999, he was selected as a K-9 handler with his first K-9 Tyson, a cross-trained German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix. In 2000 Officer Anderson was selected to join the Rialto Police SWAT team and served as an entry team member, sniper, and team leader. In October 2004 K-9 Tyson retired at the age of 12 ½ years, Rialto's longest working K-9.

In October 2008, Officer Anderson rejoined the K-9 team with his new partner Gilley, a Belgian Malinois from the Czech Republic. As of December 2012, Gilley has located over $1.2 million dollars in U.S. currency, 28 lbs of Meth, 19 lbs of Marijuana, 123 lbs of Cocaine and 8 lbs of Heroin.

In 2012, Officer Anderson transitioned to the Inland Valley SWAT team and currently serves as the primary SWAT K-9 handler as well as an entry team member. Officer Anderson is a California POST certified K-9 evaluator, previously served on the board of directors for the Inland Empire Police K-9 Association and is currently a regional director for the National Police Canine Association.

 

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 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 Michael Mastaler and Jango

 

 

Michael Mastaler has been with the police department since 2007. He has worked patrol, gangs, narcotics, and is a member of the Inland Valley SWAT team as an operator. Michael Mastaler was selected to be a K9 handler in January of 2014. Jango is a 6 year old Belgium Malinois and was born and trained in Holland. Jango's commands are in Dutch