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K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit

The K9 unit was re-established in 1995 after its long absence since the early 1980's. K9 dogs are trained in the areas of narcotics detection and patrol work. The dogs are trained to pick up scents of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, and heroin. The areas the dogs are trained in for patrol work are tracking subjects, building/area searches, apprehension and officer protection. The K9's also perform many demonstrations for schools, businesses, and organizations.

Often, major searches are conducted with negative results due to suspects hiding in areas where officers cannot see them. This is not only dangerous for officers but can use up valuable patrol time during the search. Our K9's, use their acute sense of smell to locate suspects faster in any type of hiding spot. This ability provides officers with advanced warning, making it safer and more effective for officers to apprehend a dangerous suspect.

While on duty the K9's ride and patrol with their handlers; at the end of their shift, the K9's go home with their handlers. The K9 teams are on call at any hour of the day or night to assist the St. Joseph Police Department and other agencies.


Officer Ken Smith

K-9 Topper

Topper is a Dutch Malinois Shepherd.
He was purchased in January 2010
from Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana.

Officer Smith and Topper work the evening shift.