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K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit Patch The K-9 Unit has been part of the State Police since 1963. The teams, comprised of a specially trained trooper and dog, are geographically assigned to all troops within the state. The patrol dog teams are also cross-trained for drug detection, cadaver detection, and explosives detection. All teams are trained and certified to New England State Police Administrators Compact (NESPAC) standards, as well as the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) standards.  

K9 Unit Training

The K-9 Unit is responsible for training patrol and specialty dogs for the New Hampshire State Police and other local in-state and out-of-state departments. The K-9 Unit trains teams in a basic patrol school which includes obedience, officer protection, criminal apprehension, building search, evidence recovery, crowd control and tracking of wanted or missing individuals. Each team tests for recertification annually.

The K-9 Unit is involved in over 1000 missions annually. Patrol-Narcotic teams assist several communities with school searches upon their request. The narcotic teams detect illicit drugs on the highways and in businesses, airports and residences assisting drug units, U.S. Customs, DEA, ICE, FBI and other agencies. They also assist corrections with searches of their facilities. Patrol teams search for wanted and lost individuals. They are also vital in the apprehension of burglary and robbery suspects and other individuals who fled from law enforcement.

The K-9 Unit gives support for the annual motorcycle week in Laconia during the month of June. Additionally, assistance is provided by the K-9 Unit at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway and at colleges for sporting and large events.

K9 Unit Training


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