The West Virginia University Police K9 unit was launched with a proactive focus on Explosives Detection and Terrorism Prevention, this was in response to ongoing concerns with emergency preparedness following the events of September 11, 2001. Off duty, all of our police K-9’s live with their assigned handlers and are an integrate part of their families.

Our Explosives Detection K-9’s provide inspections prior to Football Games, Basketball Games, Concerts and other large events. The Explosives K-9’s have provided security for world leaders such as President George Bush, President Bill Clinton, The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Senators, various other Elected officials, Dignitary’s, Students , Staff and Visitors to WVU. K-9’s Bella and Ginger are used in an alternating rotation, and are handled by Lieutenant Josh Cook who is also the K-9 Unit Supervisor. Both K-9’s are certified in Explosives Detection annually.

Our Narcotics Detection K-9’s are utilized in a proactive approach of community policing to locate and prevent illegal drug use. WVU Police Department currently has two single purpose narcotics police K-9’s; K-9 Blek and K-9 Dexter. Both teams are certified annually with the Mountaineer Working Dog Association. K-9 Blek is a Black Labrador Retriever who has been with the department for approximately 5 years and is assigned to Officer Zachary Camden. K-9 Dexter is a Belgian Malinois/Labrador Retriever who has been with the department for approximately 2 years and is assigned to Officer Travis Snuffer. Our K-9’s are used to check vehicles on traffic stops and to assist other officers with odor investigations inside dorms and outdoors.