Meet Tampa Police
K-9's and their Handlers.
The Tampa Police Department
"employs" 22 police K-9's
from six breeds trained in criminal captures, search and rescue,
narcotic searches and bomb detection. The dogs go through an initial
training program and are recertified each year through the Florida
Department of Law Enforcement.
The K-9's are certified either as a dual
purpose or single purpose dog. The single purpose dogs have one job;
search and rescue, sniffing out drugs or detecting explosives. Dual
purpose dogs catch the bad guys and have another job such as searching
for explosives or narcotics. Dual purpose dogs are aggressive when
catching the bad guy, but they have an "off switch" and they are also
part of the handler's family. In fact, the K-9's live with their human
partners and when they retire, they spend their golden years relaxing
with their handler.
The Tampa Police Departments K-9 Unit is dedicated to the apprehension
of criminal suspects. Its handler and dog team search capabilities are a
valuable resource to street officers and to the community to which they