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.
January 23, 2019 12:01 PM
The Madison Police Department proudly announces the newest member of its K9 Unit, Patton. K9 Patton is an almost two-year-old German Shepherd who was born in the Poland. Patton is handled by Officer Nick Eull and replaces Officer Eull’s former partner, K9 Frees, who retired recently. Patton … [read more]
December 20, 2018 9:56 AM
A message from Capital K9s: On behalf of Capital K9s and the Madison Police Department, we are writing to you today asking for your help to s-t-r-e-t-c-h our Capital K9 dollars as far as possible! A vendor we hope to purchase another K9 from -- F.M. K9 -- is running a … [read more]
August 20, 2018 12:32 PM
The Madison Police Department proudly announces the newest member of its K9 Unit, Bowie. K9 Bowie is a three-year-old Belgian Malinois who was born in the Netherlands. Bowie is handled by Officer Eric Disch and replaces Officer Disch's former partner, K9 Jagger, who retired earlier this … [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.