The mission of the Madison Police Department Canine unit is to provide a team of highly trained, dual-purpose canines to support the work of MPD operations through narcotics detection and patrol work (building searches, tracking, evidence location, etc). The Canine Unit will also work to enhance MPD community engagement and education efforts, and MPD internal and external training opportunities.
February 20, 2020 2:44 PM
Recently a group from the MPD K9 unit went to Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania and selected our three newest K9 candidates. Officers Sarah Boespflug, Andrew Strachota, and Josh Bower will be headed back in March to begin their handler training with them and will be returning after a … [read more]
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]
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.