The K-9 Unit of the Hawthorne Police Department has four officers assigned to duty. They are:
Officer Frank Miller and "Boy" (Belgium Malinois)
Officer Steve Colquette and "Boney" (German Shepherd)
Officer Kim Iller and "Roscoe" (German Shephard) Officer Eric Martin and "Brett" (German Sheperd)
Detective Johnson and "Heidi" (Labrador). "Heidi" is a narcotic dog.
The K-9s used in police work are highly trained. The Officer and K-9 train at least 160 hours prior to actual field service. Each K-9 team trains a minimum of 3 times a month in a formal setting. The K-9 officer spends hundreds of hours a year training his/her dog in the areas of tracking, obedience and handler protection.
K-9 teams also appear at various community events to demonstrate K-9 searches and to provide education to the public. If you are interested in having a K-9 team at your meeting or event, contact the program coordinator, Sgt. Steve Romero at (310) 349-2823.