The K-9 Detection Program became operational in the Kern County Probation Department in November 2005. Its mission is to provide drug detection capabilities and aid in the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of probationers or wards engaged in illegal drug activities. In addition to conducting numerous probation searches, the team has also provided assistance to other law enforcement agencies including the Bakersfield Police Department, Kern County Sheriffs Department and the Kern High School Police Department. The K-9 team is also available for demonstrations to the public as an education tool.

The current team consists of K-9 Officer, Deputy Probation Officer III John Sanchez and his partner Rossi, a Dutch Malinois, who joined the Department in 2009. Rossi achieved a Police Dog 1 title while in Holland through the Royal Police Dog Association. Rossi and Officer Sanchez completed 240 hours of patrol training, 200 hours of narcotics training, and 40 hours of tracking training before being placed in service. Officer Sanchez and Rossi attend monthly training and train daily to maintain their skills. Since being placed in service the K9 Team has alerted to the odors of numerous narcotics which resulted in the seizure of heroin, marijuana, crack cocaine, and crystal methamphetamine.