The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has long since relied on the use of canines for many different functions. Not until recently has the K-9 department taken on a more pro-active approach to the use of our canine friends.
The Sheriff's Office currently has a training manager who is responsible for maintaining training, certification, and the overall well being of the animals. The training manger coordinates the training for all of the Sheriff's canines, as well as, the agencies attached to the Combined Anti-Drug (CAT)Task Force. The K-9 teams train on a weekly basis in order to stay conditioned for the tasks they perform on the streets and on-duty.
The Sheriff's Office currently employs one K-9 on each patrol shift, two K-9 teams assigned to the CAT Task Force, two tracking dogs and one almost always used in the correctional centers to search for contraband. The continuous training is proven by the constant grooming of new dogs to take over for the older dogs, which are moving into retirement.
The K-9 Division is utilized in several different areas such as, building searches, bomb threats, drug detection, and the ever-popular school demonstrations.
One of the most enjoyable tasks of K-9 teams is the local demonstrations. Kids and adults of all ages enjoy learning how useful and important the dogs are to law enforcement across the country and around the world.
The Sheriff's Office is currently working on building an on-site training facility, which will continuously challenge the K-9 teams.