The Parkersburg Police Department has three K9s and handlers. Two of the K9s are trained in detection of illegal controlled substances, dangerous suspect apprehension, and tracking. The third K9 is trained to detect electronic storage devices. The K9s and handlers both undergo specialized training before they are put into service as a team. This training allows the K9 to bond with the handler and each gain trust and an understanding of one another which forms the basis of their working relationship.
The officers who handle and work with the K9s everyday accept the responsibility of caring for the K9s as though they are a member of their own family. The K9s go home with the officers when they are not on duty and the officer is responsible for the K9's daily maintenance such as feeding, bathing, and veterinary visits. The K9s and handlers also attend regularly schedule training to reinforce and strengthen the skills and knowledge of both the K9 and the handler.
The Parkersburg Police Department K9s are a valuable and integral asset to the Police Department as well as the community.
K9 Cedrick retired 6/29/23 after more than 8 years of faithful and dedicated service.