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Baltimore County Police Department K9 Unit

Photo collage of BCoPD canines at work.

The BCoPD's K9 Unit has been in existence since 1961. It is the second oldest K9 unit in Maryland.

The K9 Unit currently has 30 dogs handled by 24 officers, and consists of four explosive detection canines and three search and rescue bloodhounds. The Unit provides:

  • 24/7 coverage for Patrol and Narcotics
  • 24-hour, on-call coverage for Explosive Detection and Search and Rescue operations for Baltimore County, and other jurisdictions when requested
  • Multiple demonstrations for the public each year to educate the community of its capabilities and give them the opportunity to ask questions while remaining transparent in every precinct in Baltimore County

On average, the K9 Unit responds to:

  • 6,000 service calls a year, which include deployment to over 1,000 criminal incidents and 300 searches of controlled dangerous substances. 
  • 30 Explosive Detection Team searches each year for criminal incidents and for the safety of public venues, which includes trains, aircraft and ships.
  • 30 Search and Rescues Team events each year for critically missing and endangered persons.

Patrol and Narcotics 

Patrol canines go through 16 weeks of basic patrol training before they are certified, which includes:

  • Basic obedience
  • Obstacle course
  • Box searches
  • Trailing
  • Area searches
  • Building searches
  • Aggression control

After completing the initial certification, each patrol K9 must re-certify annually while performing 16 hours of maintenance training each month. The patrol canine then receives eight additional weeks of training in the detection of controlled dangerous substances, which includes:

  • Field searches
  • Vehicle searches
  • Building searches
  • Scent discrimination

The skill of detection is also tested annually in order to keep the patrol canine certified.

Explosive Detection 

The explosive detection canine must complete eight weeks of training, which includes:

  • Building searches
  • Vehicle searches
  • Area and field searches
  • Scent discrimination

Each explosive detection canine must test with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives each year and perform 16 hours of maintenance training each month.

Search and Rescue 

The bloodhounds are given 10 weeks of training, which includes:

  • Scent discrimination
  • Scent article collection
  • Trailing

The bloodhounds certify annually through the National Police Bloodhound Association and perform 16 hours of maintenance training each month.

K9 Team Members

K9 Name>CapabilityBreed
ArcherExplosive DetectionLabrador Retriever
EinsteinExplosive DetectionLabrador Retriever
RuckerExplosive DetectionLabrador Retriever
TashaExplosive DetectionLabrador Retriever
AcePatrolBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
HigginsPatrolBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
LakyPatrolBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
PharoahPatrolBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
SimonPatrolBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
AlanPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
AxelPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
BordiPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
ChiefPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
DexPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
DolfPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
DrogoPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
DudasPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
EdoPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
FlashPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
IgorPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
InfernoPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
NitroPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
OlafPatrol and NarcoticsDutch Shepherd
PrimoPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
RexPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
ScubyPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
YukonPatrol and NarcoticsBelgian Malinois and German Shepherd
BellaSearch and RescueBloodhound
RoxySearch and RescueBloodhound
WinstonSearch and RescueBloodhound
 
Revised June 26, 2020         

 

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