NPD K9 Program
K9 Program 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.