The Whittier Police Department canines, along with their handlers, patrol the streets of Whittier and Santa Fe Springs, helping out field officers in many situations.
The police canines can be commonly found responding to burglar alarm calls, in progress calls, and large scale perimeters assisting in searching for suspects who ran from the scene of a crime believed to be in the immediate area. If the criminal is in the area there is nowhere to hide. The canine handler always announces that a dog is coming in, giving the criminal a chance to give up before being sought by the dog.
Whittier Police canines are cross trained to sniff out drugs. Officers that suspect drugs are present in a vehicle can call out canines to locate hiding places.
Canine police cars are air-conditioned and tinted to keep them cool on hot days. In fact, the police cars are equipment with a wireless transmitter to alert the handler if the temperature increases inside.
The canines live at home with the handler and are on call 24 hours a day if the need arises for their use. The canine teams are always available to help out a neighboring city if needed.