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 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.
Officer Michael McDonagh and Blade
Officer McDonagh began his career as a Los Angeles Police Officer in 2002. He joined the Rialto Police Department in November 2011, where he was assigned to Patrol. In January of 2016 he was promoted to the canine unit.
Blade is a two and a half year old Belgian Malinois. He was born in Holland and imported to the United States. He is currently certified in patrol.