All of the K9 teams annually renew certifications that are issued by both the National American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPOTA).
In November of 2013 the department was awarded the Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback) K9 Grant. This grant is given to a police department in each city that the Steelers play in each year. We were granted $13,000 to purchase and train our new K9 “Chase”.
The Euclid Police Department K-9 Unit consists of one supervisor, three police officers and three K-9 trained dogs. The K-9 dogs are considered police officers during their time in the police department. The K-9 Unit at the Euclid Police Department started in 1974 with four dogs, disbanded for about eleven years, but re-instituted. Our K-9s are dual purpose as they are certified in patrol work (i.e., apprehension, tracking, building search, open area search, SWAT emergency, etc.) and narcotics detection. The public can enjoy seeing our K-9 Unit in action during community K9 demonstrations or when touring the police department. The Euclid K-9 Unit was awarded “Distinguished K-9 Unit” for 2011, K-9 Apprehension of the year in 2010, and K-9 Track of the Year in 2010 (awarded by Bil-Jac/ German Shepherd dog club, NE Ohio).
To contact the K-9 Unit, call 216-731-1234 to leave a message.