The police dog handlers and their partners attend training for several weeks every year. During the training, the dog and handler learn to work together through basic obedience and agility. The dog is taught to locate and track human scent, search areas and buildings for suspects, evidence, and how to protect their handler. The handler learns to read and interpret the dog's change in behavior when the dog has located persons, evidence or contraband.
The K-9 Division has proven to be a valuable asset to the Department.