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.