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UKPD Canine Unit

University of Kentucky K-9 unit was established in 2004 and is under the supervision of Lt. E. Ramsay. Currently there are four canine teams of the police department. Two canines are for explosive detection, one for drug detection and one as a therapy dog. Both of the explosive detection and narcotic detection dogs are dual trained for tracking and evidence recovery. All four canines are non-aggressive and work hand-in-hand with University of Kentucky. Events ranging to sporting events, dignitary protection as well as assisting outside agencies when help is needed. All four 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.


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Sgt. Pope and Ira keeping our campus safe.

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.

 

 

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Ofc. Johnson and Junior keeping our campus safe.

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.

 

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Ofc. Finley and K9 Caro

K-9 Caro and Officer Jake Finley have been working together since 2017 and have successfully completed K-9 handler training and will receive a national certification through the United States Police Canine Association. Caro is a nonaggressive, Belgian Malinois imported from Poland. Caro was purchased and received a certification from Ventosa Kennel Inc. Caro is on a play reward system and assigned for narcotics detection. Caro is also trained to track and aid in lost or fleeing individuals. The K-9 team of Caro and Officer Finley have also provided assistance to other central Kentucky Law Enforcement agencies.

 

 

 

 


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Ofc. Boatman and K9 Oliver
K-9 Oliver and Officer Amy Boatman have been working together since 2017 and have successfully completed K-9 therapy handler training.  Oliver is a Bouvier de Flanders and Poodle mix from Frankfort, KY. Oliver was purchased from Pawsibilities Unleashed where he was originally trained and certified. Oliver is the department’s first therapy canine which will be utilized to help victims, witnesses, and those in need.  His primary goal is to comfort the community and the police staff.  He will also be used at different events throughout campus.

 

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