The St. Mary Police Department K-9 Unit is comprised of two single purpose narcotics detection K-9s we know as Bak and Tebow. Both K-9s are certified through the National Police K-9 Association to detect methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, and heroin. K-9 Tebow is also certified for tracking.
The K-9 Unit aspires to relate with the general public in a positive manner and maintain a professional image while consistently striving to increase the efficiency and productivity of the Unit through continuous training. Our dogs are well known in our community and are often called on by our sister law enforcement agencies in Camden County to assist in vehicle searches and drug enforcement activities. Just like our human officers, our K-9s are involved in routine training exercises to maintain their expertise and must recertify every year to demonstrate their proficiency in narcotics detection for vehicles, buildings, and packages.
Our K-9 Unit is a specialized group of law enforcement officers that train, care for, and utilize service dogs to assist in criminal investigations. Each K-9 officer assumes the responsibility of a dog handler in addition to their normal police duties. After completing the applicable K-9 officer training, K-9 officers are also engaged in the same continuous training to maintain their effectiveness in fighting illegal drug activity. In addition to law enforcement training, our K-9s are also effective in locating missing persons. On the other side, our K-9s are trained to behave and respond to human encounters that includes living with their human partners and their families.
When our K-9s and their partners are not out on patrol, you’ll find them participating in special presentations and school functions. Everyone loves our K-9s and they are instrumental in the effectiveness of the St. Marys Police Department.