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Canine Unit


The Canine Unit consists of a Sergeant and K-9 Officers, who work with canines specially trained to seek out illegal narcotics, explosives, and assist in searching buildings and tracking criminal suspects. The Canine Team is used to locate missing persons and provide back up to road patrol officers on calls.


The primary initiative of the K-9 team is to search for and locate suspects or evidence that can be linked to a specific crime. The Canine is one of the few investigative tools that is available to the patrol team. The presence of the canines can have a psychological effect, where his physical abilities may deter or prevent violent confrontation with a suspect.

Unit Command Staff

Sergeant William Dunaske

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How often does an officer train with their canines?
As often as they are able to but they are required to train at least once a week.

2. Are the canines trained to be vicious?
No, they are trained to follow the command of their master, (the handler). They are very loving and you can ask the handler permission to pet them.

3. How old are the canines when they begin their training as a K-9 officer?
The training begins when the canine is a puppy and it usually takes up to a year, when they are considered an adult canine, to be fully trained. .

4. Where do you get the canines from?

Our canines are often German Shepard or Belgian Malinois and are sometimes donated by citizens and/ business owners or purchased directly by the Department

5. Where do the canine go when they reach retirement age?
The K-9 handler has the option of keeping the canine as a pet or finding another good home for the canine.


Sergeant William Dunaske
Phone: 305-474-6473
Email: [email protected]
Address: 18611 NW 27 Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33056