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Meet the West Covina PD K9 Team

The West Covina Police Department K9 Unit has been in place since 1981. Currently consisting of 4 teams, meet the dedicated Officers and canines that protect and serve the City of West Covina.

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Officer Bryan Rodriguez and K9 'Reiko'

Officer Rodriguez and K9 Reiko (6-King-1) have worked together as a team since December, 2013.  K9 Reiko is a Belgian Malinois and had originally been selected and trained to work with an elite military special operations group.  However, Reiko was not fond of jumping out of perfectly good aircraft.  This issue was West Covina PD’s gain, in that he turned out to be an exceptional police service K9.

Reiko had several felony apprehensions in during his first year of service.  In November, 2014, Reiko was shot while apprehending a murder suspect causing a very serious injury.  He was treated by some of the best veterinarians in the area and made a remarkable comeback.  In January, 2015, Reiko was awarded the Medal of Valor for Courage under fire.  His actions saved police officers from being shot.  Reiko returned to full duty in February, 2015 without any issues resulting from the injury.

Reiko is the first police dog purchased and trained exclusively through community-donated funding.

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Officer Matt Bowman and K9 'Rec'

Officer Bowman and his partner K9 Rec (6-King-2) have worked together as a team since November, 2014.  K9 Rec is a Belgian Malinois and was selected because if his intellegence, high drive and aptitude for police work.

In the short time since K9 Rec has worked the field, he already has several felony apprehensions to his credit.

K9 Rec is a favorite with the WCPD K9’s for Kids program which visits and delivers toys to the little boys and girls spending the Christmas season in the hospital. K9 Rec interacts wonderfully with the children and always brings huge smiles each to of their faces.

K9 Rec is the 2nd WCPD police dog purchased and trained exclusively through community-donated funding and the Friends of West Covina Police K9’s.

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Officer Jesse Miller and K9 'Rocky'

Officer Miller and his partner K9 Rocky (6-King-3) have worked together as a team since February 2015.  K9 Rocky is a Belgian Malinois and graduated at the top of his basic training class.  Rocky was credited with his first felony apprehension of an armed robbery suspect within his first two weeks of service.

Officer Miller and K9 Rocky have quickly become community favorites and are frequently requested to appear at schools and charitable functions.

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Officer Rich Forman and K9 'Ronin'

Officer Forman and his partner K9 Ronin (6-King-4) have worked together as a team since November 2015.  K9 Ronin is a Belgian Malinois and is trained in patrol work as well as in narcotics detection.  K9 Ronin was purchased and trained entirely through donated funds.

Since the establishment of the K9 Unit in 1981, WCPD had only ever staffed a maximum of three police dogs assigned to patrol duties at one time.  The addition of K9 Ronin not only represents WCPD history but also a significant increase in city-wide coverage.

Friends of West Covina K9's

The Friends of the West Covina Police K9’s was organized to support the West Covina Police Department’s K9 Unit and is a non-profit organization. The Friends of the West Covina Police K9’s organization is completely independent of the West Covina Police Department.  All monies raised by its members stay within the organization and are solely used to improve the performance of the K9 Unit and maintain a high quality of life for active and retired police service dogs.  With hard work and the dedication of their members, the Friends of the West Covina Police K9’s plans to raise funds for items such as:

  1. The purchase of new Police Service Dogs
  2. Equipment for Training of the Police Service Dogs
  3. Specialized training for K9 handlers and their K9 partners
  4. Administrative cost associated with running the organization
  5. Funeral and burial costs for both active and retired police service dogs
  6. Providing needed equipment to handlers that the department does not currently provide
  7. Providing safety equipment for Police Service Dogs

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To raise money for the above costs, the Friends of the West Covina Police K9’s will be planning events such as an annual golf tournament and selling Friends of the West Covina Police K9’s merchandise.  In addition, they accepting monetary donations that are tax deductible.  If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, to assist with the organization, you may do so by contacting the Friends of the West Covina Police K9’s at FriendsofWCPDK9@gmail.com or by visiting FriendsofWCPDK9s on Facebook..