Manchester K-9 Unit
Meet our K9 Officers and their Partners!
The Manchester Police K-9 Unit was established in 1966. The K-9 Unit is currently comprised of nine patrol teams that are trained to find lost persons, locate evidence, as well as locate and apprehend suspects. All K-9 teams are cross-trained in specialties to include the detection of illegal drugs, explosive ordinance and ballistic (firearm) detection. A sergeant is in command of the unit and serves as the head trainer, with an officer assigned as an assistant trainer. K-9 teams are assigned to the Patrol Division and provide support to all divisions within the agency and mutual aid to other agencies, when requested. K-9 teams routinely respond to high-risk calls for service to ensure the safe and successful resolution of any incident. Three K-9 teams are assigned to the SWAT team. These teams receive additional specialized training and deploy during SWAT operations.
The K-9 drug detection teams are utilized during illegal-drug and interdiction operations. These teams are highly trained to seek out and locate concealed contraband. K-9 teams are trained to detect illegal drugs in many scenarios, to include searching packages, vehicles, buildings, open areas, and locating hidden compartments.
The K-9 explosive ordinance and ballistic detection teams are used to assist in the dectection of explosive material and ballistic-related evidence. These deployments include safeguarding public events, protection of dignitary visits, responding to reports of suspicious activity, threats of violence, shootings, and assisting in high-risk calls for service.
K-9 officers are selected based upon their motivation, drive, and determination so that they may handle the demanding requirements of the assignment. After being selected to the K-9 Unit, teams must successfully complete their patrol and detection training. Teams are then required to complete vigorous monthly in-service and daily training to maintain a high level of proficiency and readiness. The K-9 Unit certifies to the standards set forth by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) for patrol, tracking, and specialty detection.
The K-9 Unit's versatility makes it one of the most highly deployed, effective, and tactical assests at the Manchester Police Deparment.
Each canine resides with its respective handler during its tenure of service and remains with the handler upon being retired from service. The canine's selfless service comes at a cost. During its years of service, a canine is subject to serious injury, violent assaults, and traumatic stress. The constant wear and tear on the canines' bodies follows them into their retirement years. Once retired, the handler and their family accept full financial responsibility and provide full care for the canine.
The Manchester Association of Police K-9s (MARK-9)was established in 2018 to provide financial assistance for the proper retirement care of the Manchester police canines, as well as burial and memorial for fallen canines. MARK-9 is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and registered as a Charitable Organization with the state of New Hampshire. For more information visit www.mapk9603.org.
Manchester Police K9 Officers and their partners