Winter Park Police K-9 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 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.