The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit consists of 15 handlers and dogs, which are trained to ensure the safety of the citizens and deputy sheriff’s of the county. Because of the dog’s superior sense of smell, hearing and physical capabilities, the trained law enforcement k9 is a valuable supplement to law enforcement.
Each handler and their dog are subject to intense training prior to being assigned to Patrol. Upon entry into the unit, each handler must complete a 400 hour course with their K9. After the completion of the course, handlers must obtain state certification as well as certification through the United States Police Canine Association. This certification requires demonstrating a mastery of several different techniques such as narcotics searching and suspect apprehension as well as control and obedience.
The K9 Unit also performs demonstrations to groups and organizations to educate the community about the use of K9s in law enforcement. If you are interested in requesting a K9 demonstration for your group or organizations, please contact the K9 Unit at K9demo@escambiaso.com.