Sergeant Chris Crawforth
The K-9 Unit was formed in 2005 with two handlers and two k-9’s. The role of the unit is to assist the Department with the location of suspects, drugs, and other evidence that could possibly be over looked by officers. The K-9's unique and superior sense of smell makes their primary function a locating tool. They are trained to bite as an apprehension tool, but only in specific circumstances. They are used by the Department as a deterrent to people who may otherwise choose to run from or obstruct and officer.
Many individuals have revealed themselves or complied with commands due to the presence of a Police Service Dog for obvious reasons, saving officers from numerous foot pursuits and physical confrontations.