The Loveland Police Canine Unit currently has four certified working teams. All teams are dual purpose and are certified in narcotics detection and patrol functions. Following the initial extensive training and certification process, the teams are required to certify annually for both functions. Teams are certified through a federally recognized canine authority. In order to maintain these skills, teams continue to train and log additional hours throughout their appointment.
The mission of the unit is to assist Officers and save lives through the use of the canine’s advanced abilities and skills. Each year, the canine teams demonstrate these skills through hundreds of deployments resulting in arrests and narcotic seizures. The teams also locate several suspects and assist in tracking criminals. Canine teams are commonly called on by other local agencies and have assisted law enforcement throughout the state. Each canine is assigned to the individual handler and are sworn Officers of the Loveland Police Department. Currently the unit has Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd breeds in service.
In addition to the patrol responsibilities, the canine units perform demonstrations at local schools and specific public events. For more information on public canine demonstrations, please contact the Loveland Police K9 Unit at (970) 667-2151 or check out our Facebook page.