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                                                                                                                        Officer Burk & K-9 Kody
codyThe Canine Unit is a specialized section of the Uniform Operations Division,
which utilizes two teams of police officers/handlers paired with working
dogs. These units are utilized for proactive criminal enforcement and exigent circumstances where a canine is more effective than a human officer in detecting, locating and apprehending suspects and/or victims. The proper use of a canine unit has been scientifically shown to reduce the number of officer involved shootings in a police department.

Only trained canine officers will exercise control over the canine, or direct the canine to perform tasks. Our canines have satisfactorily met the phases of training of a recognized police canine association such as the United States Police Canine Association, National Police Canine Association or the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. These are not all-inclusive but are merely used as examples.

                                                                                                                      Sr Officer Sayre & K-9 Ranger  
Public education is also an important element of our canine Unit. Our canine hero
unit conducts public demonstrations for schools, as well as civic and community organizations on a regular basis.