The Canine Unit is comprised of 13 K-9 teams. Ten of the canines are trained in patrol work and narcotics. The ten patrol teams provide investigative assistance to Patrol Officers and the Detective Division. Three K-9 teams are single purpose dogs utilized in the Special Investigations Unit for narcotics detection.
The canine teams assist in the everyday operations of the department. The canines are high-quality, well-trained members of our department. The K-9 handlers are highly motivated and dedicated Police Officers.
The canine is regarded as a specialized locating tool. The canine team is utilized to conduct evidence searches, narcotics and article searches, tracking of suspects and missing persons, building searches, and apprehension of suspects.
The K-9 Unit also conducts public education demonstrations to promote and educate the community about the canines and crime prevention. To schedule a demonstration, call (336) 896-8688.
How to conduct yourself when confronted by a K-9
If a person encounters or is confronted by a Police K-9 (whether the person is a suspect or a person in the area where a K-9 might be working), that person should announce their presence and location to the officer and keep both hands up where the officer can see them. The person should remain in their location unless the officer tells them otherwise and not make any sudden movements toward the dog or handler.
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