University of Kentucky K-9 unit was established in 2004 and is under the supervision of Lt. E. Ramsay. Currently there are three canine teams that cover each shift at the police department. Two canines are for explosive detection and one for drug detection and all three are dual trained for tracking and evidence recovery. All three canines are non-aggressive and work hand-in-hand with University of Kentucky sporting events, dignitary protection as well as assisting outside agencies when help is needed. All three teams have participated in numerous community service outreach programs that range from demonstrations in several fraternity/sorority and residence housing as well as numerous local elementary and middle schools around central Kentucky.
Sergeant M. Pope and K-9 Ira:
K-9 Ira and Sergeant Michael Pope have been working together since 2016 and have successfully completed K-9 handler training and will receive a national certification through the United States Police Canine Association. Ira is a nonaggressive, German Shepherd imported from Holland. Ira was purchased and received some basic training from Ventosa Kennel Inc. Ira is on a play reward system and assigned for explosive detection. Ira will also be trained to track and aid in lost or fleeing individuals. The K-9 team of Ira and Sergeant Pope have also provided assistance to other central Kentucky Law Enforcement agencies.
Officer R. Johnson and K-9 Junior:
K-9 Junior and Officer Ryan Johnson have been working together since 2015 and have successfully completed K-9 handler training and received a national certification within the United States Police Canine Association. Junior is a nonaggressive yellow Labrador from Winchester, Kentucky. Junior was purchased from Prime K9 Training which is owned and operated by former University of Kentucky Police Officer and K-9 Handler Emily Smith. Junior is on a play reward system and assigned for explosive detection. Junior will also be trained to aid in lost or fleeing individuals. The K-9 team of Junior and Officer Johnson have also provided assistance to other central Kentucky law enforcement agencies.
If you are interested in finding our more information or would like to schedule a demonstration please contact Ofc. R. Johnson.