The Arlington Police Department started its K9 Unit in 1979 with one handler and one dog. It is now a specialized unit made up of three K9 teams. Each team operates on a city-wide basis and is used predominately for high-risk area and building searches. Each of the three K9 handlers is a fifteen year plus veterans of the police department and each has more than ten years experience in the K9 Unit.
To support field officers and detective operations in the search for violent offenders armed suspects, evidence, and narcotics.
Sgt. Brett McDonnell