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Baltimore County Police Department K9 Unit

Facts About the K9 Unit

Members of the K9 Unit.

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

The unit currently has 29 dogs handled by 25 handlers. It provides coverage for patrol use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

K-9 provides 24 hour on-call coverage for explosives detection and search and rescue. It provides one trained cadaver dog for investigations or natural disasters. It is staffed by full-time trainers who provide year round training and re-training. Training is made available to other jurisdictions.

Patrol and Specialty K9 Dogs

Canines and their handlers in obedience training.
K9 obedience training

The K9 Unit handles 10,000 calls for service a year. Patrol dogs are cross trained in controlled and dangerous substance or explosives detection. The dogs provide support to all units of the department, as well as other jurisdictions.

Canines and their handlers standing at attention.
Canines and handlers at attention





Patrol dogs go through sixteen weeks of Patrol Training and eight weeks of Specialty Training. Specialty dogs go through eight weeks of Specialty Training. All of the dogs are continuously re-trained monthly throughout the year. They are re-certified twice every year.

Dogs looking at handlers, waiting for a command.
Dogs awaiting a command from their handlers   

In addition to the patrol and specialty dogs, the K9 Unit has a cadaver dog and bloodhound available for search and rescue. A police cadaver dog is a rare commodity. It has drawn requests for assistance from both in and out of state jurisdictions.

A search and rescue dog in training.
A patrol dog in search mode
A canine at rest.
One of the dogs at rest

Questions or Requests

Any questions or requests may be made by calling 410-887-0906.

Revised July 24, 2015

Revised April 6, 2016         


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