239 W Main St, Richmond, KY 40475 1 859 623 1000 Justice, Education, Industry

The Richmond Police Department Canine Unit serves the citizens and law enforcement officers of Richmond and the surrounding community. The goal of the Canine Unit is to make police work safer and more efficient for the men and women who patrol the streets through the use of specially trained canines and handlers.

Both the handler and the canine members of the Canine Unit are carefully selected and trained for their duties. The selection of handlers for the Canine Unit involves an extensive, multi-faceted assessment and selection process that includes a physical ability stamina test, home visit/inspection/interview, job performance/records review, and oral board interview.

The Canine Unit is composed of one team.  A Canine Team consists of a Handler and their respective Canine. The Canine Unit is assigned to the Patrol Division and provides canine support services to all Divisions of the Police Department.

Canine services are available at all hours of the day, every day of the week.

The Canine Unit currently consists of a Drug Detection and Patrol Dog team.

Our multi-purpose Canine is trained to locate marijuana, hashish, cocaine base (crack), cocaine hydrochloride (powder), methamphetamines, ecstasy and heroin. Our Canines is also utilized to track persons, search buildings for persons, search areas for persons, search for articles, provide handler protection and apprehend criminals when the situation is serious enough and no other means of apprehending the suspect are available. The Canine Unit is available to search for lost or missing persons and children as well.  Our canince team is also assigned to the Emergency Response Unit for tactical and high risk situations.

The competency of all canine teams are maintained in the areas described above and are tested regularly. The canines undergo a certification process once a year and also partake in weekly maintenance training. 

The Canine Unit is active in the community, not only by attempting to make the community a safer place, but also in the area of public demonstrations. The unit provides demonstrations year round to school groups, both public and private, as well as to civic organizations throughout the Bluegrass area. During these demonstrations, drug searches are conducted, as well as basic obedience exercises, article searches, agility tests, and simulated criminal apprehension, where our bad guy actor, wearing protective gear, is stopped by the canine.

If you are interested in having the Richmond Police Canine Unit provide a public demonstration or if you have any questions about the Canine Unit, please contact Officer Chip Gray at (859) 623-1162 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..