K9 Officer Steve Arcand started his career with the Pasadena Police Department in 1988. Along with patrol he has worked various assignments including six and half years in the mounted (horses) unit as a mounted officer. Officer Arcand was awarded the gold medal of bravery in 1992 for rescuing tenants in an apartment fire, and in 2003 he was awarded the Chief’s Award for excellence for his work and commitment in the mounted unit. In 2009 Officer Arcand was assigned to the K9 unit and was paired up with his current partner K9 “Figo”. Figo is the department’s first Belgian Tervuren. Figo was born in Holland and answers to Dutch commands. Figo is very intelligent and is one of the friendliest police canines you’ll ever meet, however when it’s time to find a “bad guy” he’s all business! Figo is a dual purpose or cross trained in narcotics. His excellent nose has helped not only Pasadena PD but various agencies throughout California including FBI, DEA, ATF and the office of Homeland Security, with several seizures of narcotics, weapons and drug money. When not working, Figo enjoys life at home with his partner Officer Arcand and his family. Figo goes for walks and plays ball just like a normal dog.
Officer Tom Brown was hired in December 1986 as a Police Trainee and graduated from Rio Hondo Police Academy. Officer Brown was quickly reassigned to the Alhambra Police Department to be involved in the “School Buy Program”, to purchase narcotics from students at San Gabriel High School. When Officer Brown returned to the Pasadena Police Department he was once again reassigned to the Vice Narcotic Section to purchase narcotics from subjects on the street of Pasadena. After returning to patrol he was once again reassigned to the Helicopter Section as a Helicopter Observer. Officer Brown assisted patrol officers by locating suspects and vehicles from the skies over Pasadena. While in the Helicopter Section Officer Brown also was assigned to LA Impact to follow drug dealers from the skies over Southern California to the Mexican Border. While working in this position he and his partner were responsible for the recovery of millions of dollars in cash and several thousand kilos of Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and Marijuana. In 2001 Officer Brown was assigned to the Pasadena K9 unit with his Partner “Art”. Officer Brown and Art were assigned to patrol; Art was cross-trained to search for suspects and narcotics. During their nine years together Art located several suspects and recovered large amounts of narcotics and cash. In 2009 Officer Brown received the Chiefs award for excellence for creating the largest regional K-9 team in Los Angeles County, (17 K-9 Teams.) In 2014 Officer Brown was reassigned to the K9 Unit with Brock, a German Shepard, and the Pasadena Police Departments first explosives K9. Officer Brown and Brock are assigned to work events at the Rose Bowl, Convention Center, and other events in the City of Pasadena.
Officer Widger has been a Pasadena Police Officer since 2002 after graduating the Orange County Sheriffs Police Academy. In 2004, Officer Widger was selected to work in the departments Special Investigations Section, a vice/narcotics detail, where he conducted numerous undercover operations, surveillance, and high-risk search warrants for known drug dealers. In 2008, Officer Widger was selected to work as a Task Force Officer with DEA, HIDTA, a federal grant program administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, which provides resources to assist federal, state, and local agencies with large scale drug trafficking investigations. In 2011, Officer Widger was selected as a Field training Officer (FTO). As an FTO, Officer Widger trained several new officers who completed their academy training but needed “real life” exposure as a street cop. Part of his responsibilities as a FTO was to teach new officers tactics, city geography, report writing, courtroom testimony, and the department’s policy and procedure.
Officer Widger has received numerous accommodations during his tenure which include “A Lifesaving Star” from the Pasadena Fire Department, a “Scroll Star” from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, a “Silver Medal of Courage” from the Pasadena Police Department, and a recipient of Pasadena Police Department “Chief’s Special Award for Excellence”.
Officer Widger was selected to the position of K-9 handler in January 2013, where he was first introduced to his new partner, K-9 “Nico”. Nico is a Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands and was born on September 29, 2011. Officer Widger and Nico are assigned to Patrol; however they often assist the Pasadena SWAT and Narcotics units. Nico is a dual purpose K9, trained in the search and apprehension of felons, and is also trained in narcotics detection. Nico has helped not only Pasadena PD but various agencies throughout California with several seizures of narcotics, weapons, and over one million dollars in drug money.
The Pasadena Police Department K-9 Unit was made possible by the generosity of the Pasadena Police Foundation.