The Alameda Police Department K9 Program was established in 1992, and due to its success, has been permanently implemented into the Patrol Unit. Currently, the Department has one K9 team consisting of Officer Brian Foster and his Police Service Dog (PSD) "Gero" (pronounced Jeer-Oh). "Gero" is a mix of the German Shepard and Belgian Malinois breeds.
Before the PSD and officer can begin their patrol assignments, they must go through a 16-week training course and pass a certification process to ensure they meet the requirements set forth by the California P.O.S.T. (Police Officer Standards and Training). After the team is certified, they will then complete weekly training sessions and annual certifications to ensure the team maintains their skills. K-9 teams are certified for dual purpose work, which includes patrol tactics and narcotic detection. Patrol tactics consists of area searches, building searches, tracking, article searches, handler protection, and physical apprehension. Narcotic detection includes searching for all narcotic substances.
Officer Foster and Gero work the swing shift, so you may see them patrolling around Alameda at night. Remember, "Gero" is a working dog, so never approach him unless his partner, Officer Foster, is around to tell him it is okay to take a break from his duties.
If you have any questions about the K9 program, please email the K9 Supervisor, Sgt. Darin Tsujimoto- firstname.lastname@example.org