Police officers with k9 dogs

Canine named Arco
K9 Arco (handler: Officer Albers)

Canine named KB
K9 KB (handler: Officer Esparza)

Canine named Gus
K9 Gus (handler: Officer Vogt)

Canine named Tuso
K9 Tuso (handler: Officer Young)

Canine named Wyatt
(K9 Wyatt (handler: Officer Marston)

Canine named Grizz
(K9 Grizz (handler: Officer Cushing)


To protect our community by assisting officers of the Meridian Police Department and surrounding agencies with locating illegal drugs and apprehending serious/violent criminals.

Unit Organization:

The K9 Unit is currently comprised of six officer/canine teams, all of whom are dual-purpose (drug detection & criminal apprehension). The unit is supervised by an assigned Lieutenant and Sergeant./p>

Drug Detection

All of the department canines are certified in the State of Idaho to find Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Heroin. Primarily, the canine teams assist fellow officers with locating these illegal drugs in vehicles during field investigations. The canine teams are also utilized inside residences and schools.

Criminal Apprehension

In addition to drug detection certification, the department canine teams are also state certified in criminal apprehension. These canine teams assist fellow officers in the apprehension of serious/violent suspects. They are primarily used for major crimes in progress, such as burglary, robbery, domestic battery and many other situations where a suspect possess an immediate/significant threat to the public and officers.

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