How do we acquire our dogs?
The K-9 Unit supervisors travel to vendors along the East Coast who sell dogs to police departments across the country. These dogs come from Europe; primarily the Netherlands, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, but also from other nations in both eastern and western Europe.
The dogs we purchase should be around 18 months old, and they are usually males (because they tend to have fewer health problems). The dogs are extensively tested by our K-9 Unit's trainer before being purchased. We primarily look for two attributes in the dogs we acquire: retrieve (prey) and defensive (fight) drives.
Once the dog is acquired, it is paired with a handler and together they enter into a 16-week basic K-9 school.
The K-9 Unit is responsible for: