The Canine Unit provides improved police services at reduced costs by utilizing the abilities of specially trained dogs. The incredible sense of smell and the desire to protect, which the dogs possess, enable them to perform several law enforcement functions and reduce the number of police officers otherwise required.
S.B.P.D. canines are used most often to search buildings and open areas for suspects. They can provide protection to officers and offer an additional level of non-lethal force to apprehend violent suspects.
The canines are also capable of searching for lost persons and items at crime scenes. The abilities of the Canine Unit continue to expand and improve as the canine officers train with their dogs weekly.
K-9 demonstrations can be requested through Community Relations at 897-3709.