“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.” – Cicero
The Police Department operates two K9 teams:
K9 Kane & Ofc. Dan Bowen
K9 Kane is a male Belgian Malinois & German Shepherd originally from Slovakia. K9 Kane was trained at Castle’s K9. Officer Bowen and Kane are dual-certified in patrol work, including tracking, narcotics, and articles searches.
K9 Zeus & Sgt. Scott Robertson
K9 Zeus is a male German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix, and was acquired from Castle’s K9 in December 2009. Sergeant Robertson and Zeus are dual-certified in patrol work, including tracking, narcotics, and articles searches.
What are the duties of a K9 Unit?
A canine has remarkable olfactory and hearing senses that allow them to perform functions that can assist patrol officers. The canine handler team can be used in support of the patrol officers in the following situations:
Tracking – The canine tracks human scent. Tracking is used mostly is tracking suspects from the scene of various crimes.
Building Searches – The canine can search buildings and homes where alarms have been received or crimes in progress have been detected.
Crime Scene Searching – The canine can point out objects within an area on the ground that are of evidentiary value.
Open Area Searches – Locating dangerous and hiding suspects that could pose a danger to officers in open vegetated areas.
Narcotics Detection – Locating the presence of hidden narcotics in vehicles, buildings, or other structures.
Criminal Apprehension – The canine may be called upon to apprehend and contain a fleeing suspect, preventing the use of greater force to subdue a fleeing or combative suspect.