The K-9 Division was established to support our patrol and detective operations in the search of outstanding felony suspects, misdemeanor suspects armed with a firearm, lost and missing persons, explosives and Narcotics evidence.
Throughout the years the Laurel Police Department has had several K-9 handlers. Our current K-9 program was established in 2017, under the direction of Chief Dan Wright. The K-9 program is funded through fund raisers and donations. All K-9 training is conducted by the Delaware State Police.
The Laurel Police department currently has 2, K-9 handlers. Each K-9 is a dual-purpose K-9. The officers and their K-9 must complete a 14-week patrol class and must meet National Police Canine Association standards.
Once our handlers successfully complete the patrol training there were each assigned a dual-purpose training. One of our handlers attended Narcotic Training while the other attended Explosive Training. Both of these courses were for 14 weeks and again both handler and K-9 must meet the National Police Canine Association standards.