The Battle Creek police K9 Program is not only an invaluable resource to the Police Department, it also serves as an effective tool in the protection and safety of our citizens. The K-9 Unit consists of four dog teams all trained in apprehension, tracking, building and evidence searches as well as narcotics detection. K-9 Handlers and their partners are certified biannually through the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers. The K-9 unit trains with many other agencies and is one of the few teams in this area with Accredited Master Trainers to assist with the training and certification needs of other agencies.
K-9 Handlers and their partners participate in community services such as demonstrations and educate the public in their unique abilities. In addition to these duties, K-9 Handlers are also responsible for the training and care of their partners whether on duty or off. The K-9 Unit works closely with Emergency Response Team’s operations and has two handlers on ERT.
The Battle Creek Police Department K-9 Unit is partially funded through donations from the public. Most of the costs of the program (with the exception of personnel) are paid for through the generosity of individual citizens, groups and local business owners in our community.