Winter Park Police K-9 Unit is comprised of two handlers and two
highly trained German Shepherds partners. Unit personnel work at
various hours to help to maximize coverage and availability. When
not regularly on duty, handlers are also on a on-call status and
can responded within minutes to scene if needed. In addition to
their regular patrol duties, the handlers and their partners continuously
train on a regular basis to maintain the dogs efficiency.
A K-9 Team provides back-up support
and other assistance to uniform patrol officers who respond to a
reported crime in progress. When called upon to do so, a K-9 Team
will search a building, a vehicle, a street or a wooded area for
an offender, a suspect, a missing person, contraband drugs or explosives
in support of another officer. A K-9 Team also lends its specialized
search skills and its back-up support to members of the S.W.A.T.
Team and the Special Investigations Unit during the execution of
an arrest warrant or a search warrant and to law enforcement personnel
conducting domestic security sweeps. The K-9 Unit’s role in
conducting area sweeps for explosives has expanded due to domestic
security issues. K-9 Team support increases officer safety and increases
the probability of suspect/offender apprehension or the discovery
of an explosive substance or device. A K-9 Team may be dispatched
as the lead or the reporting officer when a uniform patrol officer
who is assigned to a particular zone is not available to take a
call for service. When not providing assistance in support of another
officer or unit or when not assigned as the reporting officer on
a call, a K-9 Team will perform routine preventive patrol.
aid agreements with other Central Florida city and county law enforcement
agencies occasionally result in the dispatching of a K-9 Team outside
the City to assist with an emergency call or situation, especially
with a call to attempt to locate a missing child, an elderly person
or an explosive substance or with a search for a fleeing armed robbery,
burglary or murder suspect.
In furtherance of law awareness
education and positive public relations, K-9 members regularly present
public lectures and demonstrations at which they display a K-9 team's
skills and capabilities as well as provide an appropriate venue
for direct, one-on-one communication with a citizen/child in the
immediate presence of the dog. This personal contact reinforces
the fact that a police K-9 dog is aggressive only when called upon
by his handler to be so.
If you have any questions about
the K-9 Unit please contact Sgt. Bruce Robinson at 407-599-3510; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.