The UNCG Police Department K-9 Unit was established in 2007, and currently has two K-9 teams. All of the K-9 teams have completed extensive training and certification programs, train on a weekly schedule, and also assist and train with other local law enforcement agencies. A police K-9 is an extremely valuable tool in law enforcement. The use of a strategically deployed K-9 team can save hours of time for police officers because a K-9 team can conduct a search quickly and effectively, resulting in increased officer safety, the apprehension of dangerous suspects, and increased safety to citizens. In addition to their regular duties, the K-9 teams also spend a great deal of time training to maintain a maximum level of efficiency as a team.
The UNCG Police K-9 Unit also provides K-9 demonstrations and education to community groups, depending on date, time and availability of the K-9 Team. The K-9 demos are designed to portray the skill involved and the work performed by the K-9 team on a daily basis, plus it gives both children and adults an opportunity to gain knowledge and ask questions about the K-9 Unit. Basic obedience, agility, article search, simulated criminal apprehension and mock narcotic searches are conducted free of charge. The one-on-one interaction encourages children and the community to build trust toward officers and to learn drug awareness. The value of these exhibitions has proved immeasurable for everyone.
We require that you provide us with all the details, including advance notice, so appropriate dates can be scheduled. Emergencies arise, and the K-9 team may have to cancel any engagement to assist their community or other communities in their work. If this occurs, we apologize and another date may be arranged.
If you would like to arrange a K-9 demo in your area please fill out the request form below.
Meet Our K-9 Teams
Benfield & Gru
K-9 “Gru,” is a Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd cross and is assigned to his handler, Officer Benfield. He is used to track and/or apprehend lost or fleeing suspects, search for hidden or discarded evidence or contraband, detect illegal drugs, search buildings, and helps to protect officers.
Hiatt & Sasha
K-9 “Sasha,” is a Dutch Shepherd and is assigned to her handler, Officer B. Hiatt. She was put in service in 2014 and is used to track lost persons or fleeing suspects, search for discarded or hidden evidence or contraband, detect illegal drugs, search buildings and help protect officers.