K9 Officers and their partners
Meet the Teams
Manchester K-9 Unit
The Manchester Police K-9 Unit was established in 1966. The K-9 Unit is currently comprised of ten K-9 teams which are trained to locate the suspects of crimes, find lost people, and recover evidence. The unit is supervised by two sergeants who oversee the training, deployment and logistics within the unit. The K-9 teams are cross trained in specialties to include the detection of illegal drugs, explosive ordinances and ballistics detection. The K-9 teams are assigned to the Patrol Division and provide assistance to all divisions within the agency. All K-9 teams routinely respond to high-risk and tactical calls for service to ensure the safe and successful resolution of any incident. Multiple K-9 teams are assigned as SWAT team members which train and deploy to support the needs of the SWAT team.
The K-9 drug detection teams are utilized during illegal-drug investigations, assisting with locating illegal drugs for a wide range of deployments ranging from interdiction operations, basic motor vehicle stops to complex search warrant executions. Despite efforts to conceal and hide illegal drugs, the teams are trained to seek out and locate concealed contraband.
The K-9 explosive ordinance and ballistic (firearm) detection teams are used as a locating tool to assist in the detection of explosive and ballistic related evidence. These deployments range from safeguarding large events, dignitary visits, responding to suspicious activity, threats of violence 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 basic patrol and specialty detection training. Teams are then required to complete vigorous, ongoing in-service and daily training to maintain a high level of proficiency and readiness so that they may be prepared to respond and assist with any needs of the agency. The Manchester Police K-9 Unit provides mutual aid to other agencies upon request. The K-9 teams train and certify to the standards set forth by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) for patrol, tracking and specialty detection certifications. Each canine resides with its respective handler during its tenure of service and remains with the handler upon being retired from service.
The K-9 Unit’s versatility makes it one of the most highly deployed, effective, and tactical assets at the Manchester Police Department.