The Town of Tonawanda Police Canine (K9) Unit was reformed in 2009 and currently consists of one Police Service Dog (PSD).
Currently our patrol dog is a German Shepherd. The breed is chosen for their physical ability, strength and intelligence. A strong temperament is very important as these dogs are expected to perform in stressful situations.
Police Service Dogs have many responsibilities. Their expertise includes tracking, agility, article search, building search, open search, chase and apprehension, and handler protection. Our Police Service Dog also assists at every tactical call. They are utilized to provide containment and to assist our SWAT Team. Our handler is on call twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. All handlers must complete an extensive fifteen week course where the handler and dog learn as a team. All our training and certification is handled by Niagara Regional Police in Ontario, Canada.
Most of Police Service Dogs are imported from Eastern European countries such as Belgium, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, and Slovakia . We are very grateful for private donations from the community which have assisted with the purchase of dogs. A quality source is imperative as these animals have a huge responsibility to keep our members and the public safe.
These are highly-trained and assertive animals, however, they are able to interact with the public. The Canine Unit is responsible for numerous public demonstrations each year. The team attends public functions and school presentations.
These demonstrations allow us to showcase the abilities of our canine partners and inform the public of their importance.