Meridian Police Department K9 History
K9 Unit History:
The Meridian Police Department had working canine teams dating back as far as the late 1960's or early 1970's. The dogs used at that time were German Shepherds. The modern K9 Unit began in the late 1990's with a single-purpose Yellow Lab trained in drug detection, and two dual-purpose Belgian Malinois. Today, the unit has one single-purpose Yellow Lab trained in drug detection, three dual-purpose Belgian Malinois, and one dual-purpose German Shepherd.
To protect our community by assisting officers of the Meridian Police Department and surrounding agencies with locating illegal drugs and apprehending serious/violent criminals.
The K9 Unit is currently comprised of five (5) officer/canine teams with four of the teams being dual-purpose (drug detection & criminal apprehension) and one being single-purpose (drug dection only). The unit is supervised by an assigned Lieutenant and Sergeant.
All of the department canines are certified in the State of Idaho to find Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Heroin. Primarily, the canine teams assist fellow officers with locating these illegal drugs in vehicles during traffic stops. The canine teams are also utilized inside residences and schools.
In addition to drug detection certification, four of the department canine teams are also state certified in criminal apprehension. These canine teams assist fellow officers in the apprehension of serious/violent suspects. They are primarily used for major crimes in progress, such as burglary, robbery, domestic battery and many other situations where a suspect possess an immediate/signifigant threat to the public and officers.