The Rialto Police Department K9 Unit is made up of four K9 teams. The K9 units are deployed to conduct area, perimeter, open fields and building searches. The police K9’s allow officers perform their duties in a safe manner, by alerting on the areas where suspects have hidden themselves in order to avoid capture and arrest. K9 teams are also trained to detect drugs and narcotics.

The use of the police K9’s save the citizens of Rialto over 1200 manpower hours annually. The Rialto Police K9’s also conduct several demonstrations throughout the year to meet and greet the public. A majority of these requests for K9 demonstrations are from schools and children’s groups.

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding the Rialto Police Department K9 Unit, please email Sergeant Richard Royce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Officer Joseph Maltese and Smoky

Officer Maltese has been at the Rialto Police Department since January 2001.  During this time, he has been assigned to the Patrol Division and is currently assigned to the Canine Unit. Officer Maltese holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.  He is also a California POST certified canine evaluator and has certified canine teams in the southern California region.  Officer Maltese is also a member of the California Narcotics Canine Association.

Smoky is a 75-lb. Belgian Malinois.  He was born in Holland on December 5, 2005 and was imported into the United States in June 2008.

Officer Maltese and Smoky have been a team since June 2008.  Some of Smoky’s duties are apprehending felony suspects, searching for articles, and sniffing for drugs.  He is trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin.  Officer Maltese and Smoky have been involved in narcotics investigations which lead to thousands of dollars of U.S. currency and hundreds of pounds of narcotics recovered and seized.

Officer Dane Stordahl and Bunker

 Officer Stordahl began his carrer as a deputy with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in 2008. He joined the Rialto Police Department in January 2012 where he was assigned to Patrol. In July of 2015, he was promoted to the Canine Unit. 

Bunker is a three and a half year old Dutch Shepherd. He was born in Holland and imported to the United States. Bunker is a dog with a high drive and is currently certified in patrol.

Officer Michael McDonagh and Blade

 Officer McDonagh began his career as a Los Angeles Police Officer in 2002. He joined the Rialto Police Department in November 2011, where he was assigned to Patrol. In January of 2016 he was promoted to the canine unit.

Blade is a two and a half year old Belgian Malinois. He was born in Holland and imported to the United States. He is currently certified in patrol. 

Officer Jarrod Zirkle and Boda

Officer Zirkle began his career with Rialto Police Department in October of 2014 after graduating from West Virginia State University in 2013. He was promited to canine handler in January 2017.

Boda is a three year old female Belgian Malinois. She was born in the Netherlands and imported to the United States. She is currently certified in Patrol and is the first female K9 for the department.