The Downey Police Department's Canine Program was re-established in 2010 to augment police services to the community. Highly skilled and trained teams of handlers and canines have evolved from the program and are used to supplement police operations to locate contraband and apprehend criminal offenders. The Canine Program currently consists of the following Handlers and Canines:
Officer Enrique Romo
In April of 2015, the department added a new team to the Canine Program to replace Canine Duke who was retired after many years of service. Officer Enrique Romo was selected as the new Canine Handler and Canine Zeke was purchased. Zeke is a male Belgian Malinois who was selected by our department after testing several other dogs. Officer Romo and Zeke have completed six weeks of suspect apprehension training and will soon be attending an additional five week training course to cross-train Zeke on narcotics detection.
Officer Romo has been a police officer with the Downey Police Department since 2011. During this time, Officer Romo has worked in Field Operations as a Patrol Officer, and most recently in the Detective Bureau as a Gang Detective.
Corporal Jason Klevos
In September of 2013, the Downey Police Department expanded the Canine Program to include police service dogs which would be trained in narcotics detection and suspect apprehension. Corporal Klevos was selected as the department’s new handler and Canine Dash was purchased. Dash is a Belgian Malinois who was brought to the United States from Holland. Corporal Klevos and Dash completed 11 weeks of narcotics and suspect apprehension training and in January of 2014 were deployed on Patrol.
Corporal Klevos has been a police officer with the Downey Police Department since 2001. Corporal Klevos has worked in Field Operations as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer and Accident Investigator. Corporal Klevos also worked in the Detective Bureau as a Gang Detective. During his career, Corporal Klevos has received nine awards for his enforcement efforts in the recovery of stolen vehicles and four Mothers Against Drunk Driving awards for his apprehension of drunk drivers.
Corporal Ed Hano
In June of 2014, the department added a third team to the Canine Program with the selection of Corporal Hano as the new Canine Handler and his police service dog Dani. Dani is a female Dutch Shepherd who was hand selected for our department after testing several other dogs. Corporal Hano and Dani completed six weeks of suspect apprehension training in July and are now patrolling the streets of Downey. Corporal Hano and Dani completed an additional five weeks of training to cross-train in narcotics detection.
Corporal Hano has been a police officer with the Downey Police Department since 2002. Corporal Hano has worked in Field Operations as a Patrol Officer and a Field Training Officer, and worked in the Detective Bureau as a Narcotics Detective. During his career, Corporal Hano has received two awards for his enforcement efforts in the recovery of stolen vehicles.