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 and K-9 Nina 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. K-9 Allie is a Chocolate Labrador Retriever who has been with our department for approximately two years and 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 two single purpose narcotics police
K-9’s; K-9 Blek and K-9 Sierra. 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 Sergeant Zachary Camden. K-9 Sierra is a Czeck Shepherd who has been with the department for approximately 2 years and is assigned to Sergeant Ryan Raines. Our K-9’s are used to check vehicles on traffic stops and to assist other officers with odor investigations inside dorms and outdoors.