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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Wilmington Police Department Canine Unit



Officer  K. Vithalani

Canine: Sultan

German Shepherd


Officer K. Murphy

Canine: Diablo

German Shepherd


Officer D. Pellegrino

Canine: Maxx

Belgian Malinois


Officer T. Poelling

Canine: Drake

Belgian Malinois


Welcome to the Wilmington Police Department Canine Unit webpage. The Unit consists of five canine teams working out of the Special Operations Division. Canine handlers must deal daily with a wide range of problems which test their patience, ingenuity, character, and knowledge as a police officer and a canine handler. They are expected to use excellent judgment and common sense at all times when using their assigned canine.

All our Canine teams are members of The United States Police Canine Association, which is a non-profit organization striving for the establishment of minimum standards for Police K-9 dogs through proper methods of training.

Properly trained Police Dogs are conditioned to do the following:

  • Search buildings and areas for unauthorized persons.
  • Track Criminals and search for lost children, etc.
  • Search for evidence dropped by criminals.
  • Search for narcotics, (Marijuana, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Heroin and Methamphetamine).
  • Apprehend, criminals fleeing a crime, arrest and/or Protection of the Handler and fellow Officers.

Police K-9 dogs, properly trained and handled, give Law Enforcement officers one of the finest non-lethal aids in the prevention and detection of crime.

The United States Police Canine Association is the largest and oldest active organizations of its kind.

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