Police canines (K-9) are one of the most effective and diverse tools utilized in police work. Besides being terrific companions, they help keep our officers safe during apprehension of dangerous criminals. Because of their extensive weekly training and keen sense of smell, they are able to locate drugs and other substances that would normally go undetected. Their tracking abilities can save crucial time that could make a difference between life or death when searching for a lost child or elderly person.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department K9 Unit utilizes two highly trained dogs who, along with their handlers, make up a unique team responsible for building searches and suspect searches, as well as narcotic detection and tracking.