The Canine program is comprised of six K9 handlers and their canine partners. The K9 handlers and canines work under the supervision of a patrol sergeant and lieutenant. Each K9 handler is assigned to a specific shift in patrol under Field Services.
An effective canine program is an essential element to a successful police agency. A properly managed and trained canine program can significantly reduce time spent on calls for service, reduce officer safety risks, reduce risks to the public at large and have a significant effect on reducing crime. Furthermore, it provides community outreach as a conduit to educate the people to the use of canine’s in law enforcement. The police canine's superior olfactory abilities are capable of performing at a higher degree of efficiency and accuracy when compared to an officer.
As a result, the ability to apprehend, track and locate people is a valuable asset to the agency. Obviously the law enforcement professional will never be replaced but the law enforcement canine can certainly provide an added benefit to the law enforcement community.