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Our K9 Unit
The K9 Unit is an integral part of the Sheriff's Office. The K9 Unit normally consists of several members of the agency in various Divisions.  The Patrol Division typically has four K9's assigned to it. This ensures that a K9 Unit is working the streets of Nash County 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Narcotics Division has a K9 for their use in the battle on the drug trade.  Our Highway Interdiction Team also has a K9 Unit assigned to it as well for use in searching vehicles that are stopped by our team.

Most all of the Sheriff's Office K9's are dual purpose K9's, in that they are trained in Narcotics and in Patrol. Most people associate Police K9's with sniffing out illegal drugs. Our K9's are trained to do that, but that is only a small portion of what they are capable of doing. The K9's are trained to:
  • Track and apprehend suspects
  • Search buildings and wooded areas for suspects
  • Search for evidence
  • Protect the handler
  • Track and locate lost children and missing elderly people

Our K9 Unit assigned to the Narcotics Division is a single purpose dog which means that he is only trained to sniff out illegal drugs.  He is not trained in the other areas of tracking and evidence searching.

Recently we have added a Bloodhound to our K9 Unit.  This is the first time at the Sheriff's Office that we have had a Bloodhound as part of our team.  The Bloodhound is also a single purpose dog but he is trained strictly in tracking and not in any other areas

K9 Training
It takes a special dog to become a Police K9. Most Police K9s are either German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois breeds. Most all of our K9s are born and raised overseas in Europe and then imported to the United States to be trained. The K9s are actually trained right here in Nash County. Once a K9 is trained and put into service, the Sheriff's Office is usually able to get an average of six to eight years of service from that K9 depending on how healthy he/she stays.

Presentations & Education
Our K9 Units are quite often requested to do presentations and demonstrations at local civic, church, school, and kids events. This gives the citizens a first hand look at the K9s and also a chance to ask questions of the handlers and get a better understanding of how the K9s are used and what they can do. If you or your group are interested in having one of our K9 teams to conduct a demonstration, please contact Captain Allen Wilson at 252-557-7596 or email him.