The West Virginia University Police K-9 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 Ginger. K-9 Nina, and K-9 Allie are used in an alternating rotation, and are handled by Lieutenant Josh Cook,K-9 Unit Supervisor, and Sgt. Zach Camden. All three K-9’s are certified in Explosives Detection annually. K-9's Ginger, 8, and Nina, 4, are Golden Retrievers and are assigned to Lt. Cook. K-9 Allie, 6, is a Chocolate Labrador Retriever is assigned to Sergeant Zachary Camden.
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 a single purpose narcotics police K-9. K-9 Riley is a German shorthair Pointer and is assigned to Office. Kyle Compton. The team is certified annually with the Mountaineer Working Dog Association.Our K-9’s are used to check vehicles on traffic stops and to assist other officers with odor investigations inside dorms and outdoors.