The Fountain Valley Police Department’s Canine Team consists of Officer Brian Casteel and his partner, Kimbo, a Belgian Malinois. The canine team is on call 24 hours a day.
Kimbo enjoys a healthy family atmosphere, living at Officer Casteel’s home. As a result, a strong bond developed between the two. Upon his eventual retirement, Kimbo will continue to live with Officer Casteel as part of the family.
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.
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Canines who have served and/or continue to serve the City of Fountain Valley enjoy a healthy family atmosphere, living at their human partner's homes. As a result, a strong bond develops between K9 officers and their four-legged K9 partner. Upon retirement, canines continue to live with their officer handler.