Rapid & Effective Response to Crimes in Progress

K-9 Units
 
Our K-9 officers and their four-legged partners are effective and important teams in the Police Department’s mission to keep Benicia safe. Our POST-certified teams attend regular trainings and are certified to locate a variety of narcotics, as well as article searches. They also often participate in community events.
 
2015 Significant Case
 
  • Located a stolen firearm in thick bushes during a pursuit of a suspect, who had dropped the gun.
  • Apprehended a suspect during a felony warrant service. The suspect refused to leave his home and a K-9 announcement was given, which prompted the suspect to surrender.
  • Assisted Solano County Sheriff’s Office in a vehicle pursuit that ended in a collision in Vallejo. Suspect ran from the scene for several blocks and dropped a scarf. He was later tracked using a Benicia police K-9 and was located hiding in a backyard, several houses away.
  • Located 19ml of heroin in a syringe trunk of  vehicle during a traffic stop.
  • Assisted in Lake County following the destructive Valley Fire to conduct vehicle stops to check for narcotics.
 
2015 K9 Community Activites
 
  • K-9 demos at Solano County Ag Day, Relay For Life, Joe Henderson, Matthew Turner, Mary Farmer elementary schools.
  • Cover Your K-9 Fundraiser
  • Benicia High School yearly Disneyland trip backpack search.
 
2015 K9 Achievements
 
Officer Keffer & Bak: 2nd overall in Stanislaus County K9 Competition, 3rd overall in Vallejo K9 Competition, 3rd overall in South Lake Tahoe K9 Competition, and 4th place vehicle narcotics search in San Joaquin K9 Competition.
 
Officer Heinemeyer & Atos: 3rd place in building search in Vallejo K9 Competition, 3rd place in patrol obedience in South Lake Tahoe K9 Competition
 
Traffic Division
 
Officer Mark Simonson and Officer Aldo Serrano were assigned to the Benicia Police Department’s Traffic Division in 2015. The division also implements the Safe Routes to School program, funded by Solano Transportation Authority to encourage to walk and bike to school safely.
 
The events include:
  • Bike Rodeos - Promote bicycle safety with helmet fittings, reviews of rules-of-the-road and practical bike obstacle courses on-site for kids to practice what they've learned. Those without helmets or with defective ones are given new ones
  • Walk & Roll - A week-long event with the goal of getting kids to walk or ride bikes to school. It is aimed at healthy living and reducing traffic. The week usually eds with a Bike Rodeo.
  • Walking Bus School - Promotes a healthy lifestyle and traffic safety by inviting students to walk to school as a group with their peers, teachers and parents from a safe, pre-determined drop-off location.


The City of Benicia also has a Traffic Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Committee which meets quarterly. Members include a police official, city engineer and two city councilmembers. The committee coordinates activities with regard to the enforcement of traffic regulations, ,assists in the preparation and publication of traffic reports, and collaborates with citizens to receive complaints and suggest means for improving traffic issues.