The Tracy Police Department K9 Unit operates within the Bureau of Field Operations Division, Patrol Unit.

There are currently four full-time teams that are on duty at various times. Each handler officer and their K9 receive a minimum of 16 hours of training per month together. The training consists of tracking, article search, area search, apprehension, obedience, narcotic detection, and more.

Tracy Police Department K9s are capable of searching for suspects who have fled from a crime scene or termination a pursuit, as well as clothing and weapons related to a crime. The K9s can also search for narcotics hidden in residences or vehicles.

The Police Department’s dogs are purchased and maintained through public funds and generous private donations. The Department appreciates and respects the work of our K9 partners and strives to maintain their health and well-being.

K9 Koda

K9 Koda

K9 Tank

K9 Tank

K9 Zak

K9 Zak

Contact Information

Field Operations Bureau

This unit is part of the Field Operations Bureau.

Tracy Police Department

1000 Civic Center Drive
Tracy, CA 95376


(209) 831-6550

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Frequently Asked Questions

What type of work can the dogs do?
The following are examples of some of the most common uses of our dogs: Apprehension of fleeing suspects, area and building searches for hiding suspects, tracking, evidence searches, and drug detection. Tracy PD’s dogs also perform numerous public demonstrations each year. Occasionally, neighboring law enforcement agencies request the assistance of Tracy PD’s dogs.
Where do the dogs live?
Due to the nature of their work and their reliance on each other, the handlers and dogs develop a very close bond. When off-duty, each dog lives with his handler and their family. The handler is responsible for the care of the dog. When not at work, the dogs can be found relaxing around the house or enjoying their favorite hobby.
How long do the dogs work?
The dogs work until they begin showing signs that they are ready to retire, generally around 8-8 1/2 years of age. After retirement, the dogs are sold to the handler and continue to live with the handler and their family.
Are the K9 vehicles equipped with special equipment?

In addition to the standard air conditioning, each K9 vehicle is also equipped with additional fans to keep the dog comfortable. Each K9 vehicle is also equipped with heat sensors that constantly monitor the temperature inside the vehicle. If the interior temperature becomes warm, an alarm sounds, and the remote pager worn by each handler is activated.

Where do the dogs come from?
Currently, Tracy PD has both German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs bred in both the United States and Europe. Police dogs are often purchased from Europe for the following reasons: Just as baseball is popular in the United States, dog sports are very popular in Europe. As a result, there is a large supply of dogs in Europe that are suitable for police work. Some of the genetic defects that are common in dogs in the United States are less common in dogs from Europe. Proper to employment, the dogs are carefully evaluated for sociability, health, and their suitability for police work.

Want To Donate?

If you or your business would like to donate to the Tracy Police Department’s K9 Team, please send us a message.