The K-9 Unit is responsible for handling searches for narcotics, people and bombs. The K-9 teams participate in regular training exercises to maintain their high level of expertise in their specialized field.
Canine Lara joined OVPD in May 2011. Lara is a female Belgian Malinois who was purchased with grant funds donated by the National Rifle Association. Lara was imported from Holland and received her training and certification, along with her handler, in Texas. Lara is trained in explosive detection. This K-9 Team are active members of the Pima Regional Bomb Squad, a multi-agency partnership. Canine Lara is handled by Lead Police Officer Marvin.
Canine Bruno joined OVPD in September 2013. Bruno is male Belgian Malinois imported from Czechoslovakia. Bruno is trained and nationally certified in patrol tactics and narcotics detection. Canine Bruno is handled by Officer Reynolds.
Canine Emerson joined OVPD in May 2011. Emerson is a male Belgian Malinois who comes to OVPD via Mexico. Emerson is a dual purpose canine trained in patrol tactics and narcotic detection. Emerson is also nationally certified in narcotics detection. Canine Emerson is handled by Officer Peterson.