University of Kentucky K-9 unit was established in 2004 and is under the supervision of Lt. R Turner. 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 two 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.
Corporal M. Pope and K-9 Pink:
K-9 Pink and Corporal Pope have been working together since 2012, have successfully completed training and received a national certification within the United States Police Canine Association. Pink is a non-aggressive black Labrador and is on a play reward system. Pink came from the United States Marine Corps. and is used for explosive detection. Pink was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and retired from the military in 2012. Both K-9 Pink and Corporal Pope are utilized for campus sporting events, dignitary visits, and on-call for the University of Kentucky Police Department. K-9 Pink and Corporal Pope have worked together they have worked several details for the University of Kentucky and other agencies.
Officer D. Duncan and K-9 Baska:
K-9 Baska and Officer Duncan have been working together since 2011 and have successfully completed training and received a national certification within the United States Police Canine Association. K-9 Baska is a non-aggressive, German Shepherd from Slovakia. Baska is trained in locating individuals and finding drugs. Baska is on a play reward system. Both K-9 Baska and Officer Duncan have been successful in recovering numerous amounts of drugs and apprehending individuals for the University of Kentucky as well as numerous other agencies in central Kentucky.
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 from 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 Lt. R. Turner.