The Shawnee Police Department currently has six dual purpose police dogs. The dual-purpose dogs are trained in narcotics detection and criminal apprehension.
Police dog handlers go through an initial handler’s course, once selected for the position. The training involves the police officer working closely with his or her K-9. Police K-9 officers receive constant in-service training. The dogs require constant attention and care in order to maintain the high standards placed upon them.
Shawnee Police Department assigns two K-9 Teams for each patrol shift to ensure a K-9 will be available when needed.