The police canines are utilized for a variety of tasks. They have a keen sense of smell, which makes them a superior locating tool. They can search confined spaces and large open areas, locate items of evidentiary value, and find illicit drugs and explosives material. They are also used to track lost people such as children and Alzheimer’s patients.
The German Shepherds are cross trained to serve in both a patrol function as well as in drug detection. The Labrador Retriever is trained in explosive detection. The police canines and handlers train in a variety of locations throughout the Truckee Meadows. Many of these locations are offered to the K-9 Unit by generous business owners in our community. The police dogs and handlers are put through rigorous training exercises and must pass demanding certification tests annually. The health and wellbeing of the police dogs will always remain the top priority for the Reno Police Department.
The K-9 Unit regularly assists other units within the Reno Police Department. They are also called to assist many allied agencies at the local, state, and federal levels within the states of Nevada and California.