The Madison Police Department's K9 unit is comprised of eight working dogs. Seven of these canines are dual-purpose dogs, trained in both narcotics detection and patrol work (building searches, tracking, locating evidence, etc.) and the eighth canine is a single-purpose bomb detection dog. Seven of the dogs are assigned to patrol services, and one is assigned to the West District Community Policing Team.
April 3, 2017 11:28 AM
On 3/22/17, at 10:39 PM, officers were sent to an address on Curry Parkway for a person calling our dispatch center expressing paranoid thoughts and having difficulty communicating his address. Officers were able to locate the individual, take him into protective custody and transport him to … [read more]
December 6, 2016 2:23 PM
Officer Henry Wilson and K9 Boris had two significant calls for service recently that help demonstrate our police dog's incredible capabilities. Officer Wilson and Boris tracked and located an armed robbery suspect and later located key evidence in another incident. On November 21, 2016, a … [read more]
July 25, 2016 8:56 AM
On July 15th, at approximately 10:22 pm, Madison police officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation. The car was slow to pull over. When it finally did stop the front seat passenger fled immediately from the traffic stop. Officers immediately set up a perimeter around the area … [read more]
The department's K9 teams provide a great service to the community, tracking missing persons, apprehending suspects and locating evidence. They allow patrol officers to work in a safer and more efficient manner and perform functions that human officers are simply unable to do. For example, officers searching a building—without the benefit of a K9 team—will take much longer to perform the search (and will be exposed to greater risk). Performing a building search with a K9 team will enable to the search to be performed in much less time, increasing efficiency (freeing up officers for other calls/duties) and decreasing risk to officers. The K9 teams have tracked (and located) missing persons, apprehended dangerous suspects, and been responsible for the removal of a significant amount of illegal drugs and weapons from the community.
All the costs of the patrol K9 teams (except for officer salaries) are provided by community donations. A non-profit organization - Capital K9's - staffed by community volunteers raises funds to support the unit.