The Fountain Valley Police Department's Canine team consists of Officer Sergio Rodriguez and his partner, "Figo", a German Shepherd, and Officer Bill Hughes and his partner, "Perro", a German Shepherd. The canine team is on call 24 hours a day.
Canine officers and their partners undergo extensive training prior to
being assigned to patrol. After assignment to patrol, the team continues with varying
levels of daily, weekly and monthly training. Canine officers and their
partners are used to track and locate hidden suspects, apprehend fleeing felons
or locate hidden firearms and narcotics. When a canine finds a hidden
suspect they are trained to bark and hold, unless the suspect attempts to flee
or becomes assaultive.The team is an
effective deterrent to encourage peaceful compliance of combative and concealed
suspects. Canines are trained to be social dogs and are friendly with the
general public, but don't approach one without asking the officer first.
Both canines enjoy a healthy family atmosphere, living at the officers homes. As a result a strong bond develops between an officer and their partner. Upon retirement, canines continue to live with their officer handler.