The Roswell Police Department K9 Unit features two trained handlers and two trained and certified dogs who work assigned shifts, as well as respond at other times when needed. The K9 Unit is an integral part of the battle against illegal drugs, which are connected to many violent offenses. The unit has made a significant impact since the program was re-established in May 2020.
These two dogs' primary function is narcotics detection, but they are also trained for tracking of criminal suspects and missing persons.
The division personnel and dogs are, left to right in photo, K9 Officer Skye Wentland and K9 Kazan (a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix), Swing Shift Lt. Chris Bradley, K9 Coordinator Sgt. Jeff Prince and K9 Officer Ashley Wood and K9 Auda (a German Shepherd) .
RPD is hoping to add a third dog to the unit in the future. The funding that makes this unit possible is provided by donations from the community.
From approximately the late 1990s to the late 2000s, RPD had K9s at various times, including two narcotics-detection dogs that were eventually retired. Two other dogs were used primarily for tracking and detaining fleeing suspects. Those dogs were also retired following their service in the department. The 2020 re-establishment of the K9 Unit came after several years when RPD did not have such an asset.