Benefits to the Community
- Increased Officer Safety: The deployment of a K9 team can make an officer’s job less dangerous. Night-time foot patrols by K9 teams are powerful, highly visible deterrents to burglars, robbers, and drug dealers. Police dogs are also valuable aids to search dark or dangerous locations.
Drug Interdiction: A police dog has more than five times as many olfactory sensory cells as a human. K9 teams are excellent tools to locate and recover illegal drugs from cars, lockers, storage units, and more.
Tracking: A police dog and handler can provide valuable and timely tracking services to locate missing/endangered persons, hidden evidence, and fleeing suspects.
Efficiency: A trained K9 team can clear a building of suspects in less than 1/4 of the time it would take an officer.
Public Relations: K9 teams provide frequent appearances and demonstrations at schools, special events, and community functions. They strengthen relations between police and community members.
Asset Forfeiture: Police departments are allowed to keep a percentage of confiscated cash or property that constitute the fruit of criminal conduct, in certain circumstances.
Meet our K9 Officers!
Officer Mulroy and his partner K9 Bobby have been working the road on nightshift since September of 2018. K9 Bobby is a dual-purpose Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix. He is trained and certified in narcotics detection, tracking, article searches, and apprehensions.
K9 CamOur newest K9 team is Officer Santiago and his partner K9 Cam. They started training at K9 Services of New Mexico in March of 2020. K9 Cam is another dual-purpose German shepherd, and just like K9 Bobby, K9 Cam is trained and certified in narcotics detection, tracking, article searches, and apprehensions. After six weeks of training in New Mexico, Officer Santiago and K9 Cam started working patrol on dayshift in late April.