In November 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved and funded the implementation of a passive alert K9 detection program for the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The Board’s approval was for a unit consisting of five (5) K9 teams which would be specifically trained in the detection of illicit narcotics or firearms.
Since Implementation the K9 unit has had success in locating illegal narcotics and ammunition which has resulted in the arrest of probationers who were not in compliance with their Conditions of Probation. The handlers and their new K9 partners work and train diligently daily to ensure they are always prepared to assist the Department. Since the implementation of the K9 Unit, they have assisted in numerous operations with Special Enforcement Operations.