The K9 Unit includes two K9 officers and their handlers. The unit serves as a valuable tool in combating and deterring crime. It is often the determining factor in conducting a search or achieving a peaceful arrest. The program also serves as a valuable public relations tool through demonstrations in schools and at public events.
The K9 Unit may be used for the following:
- Building searches.
- Tracking and searching for missing persons, suspects or evidence.
- Apprehension of criminal suspects.
- Narcotics raids and searches.
- Crowd control for violent or unruly crowds.
- Officer protection.
The K9 officers and their handlers train for at least 16 hours every month. Training includes a variety of scenarios and is conducted in different locations and weather conditions. Hillsborough's K9 officers also train with handlers and dogs from surrounding agencies and are certified annually by an independent trainer.
The K9 Unit is funded by donations from corporations and the community. It does not employ fundraising companies or use telephone or door-to-door solicitation.
The K9 officers and handlers demonstrate their work in programs for local schools and community groups. To request a demonstration, contact the department.
Drug Search K9 Demonstration
Firearm Search K9 Demonstration
Lost Child K9 Demonstration
Lost Child Search K9 Demonstration
Purse Snatcher K9 Demonstration
Suspect In Back Yard K9 Demonstration
Traffic Stop K9 Demonstration
Van Takedown K9 Demonstration
127 N. Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
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