Canine Unit

My eyes are your eyes, to watch and protect you and yours.
My ears are your ears, to hear and detect evil in the dark.
My nose is your nose, to scent the invader of our domain.
And so you may live, my life is also yours.
-Author Unknown
Officers with their K9 unit dogs in front of white police cruisers


The Police Service Dog is a valuable tool in the fight against crime for the Iredell County Sheriff's Office. The Canine Unit trains to be utilized in multipurpose deployment. Most frequently they are used in tracking lost persons or fleeing suspects. However they have many other uses:
  • They can search buildings for unauthorized persons hiding inside.
  • During the service of search warrants they can be used to search for persons or illegal narcotics.
  • It may even become necessary to utilize a police service dog for searching vehicles for illegal narcotics at times.
  • When requested by the schools the Iredell County Canine Unit assists them in searching for drugs in our schools.

While our K-9 officer’s primary responsibilities are the protection of officers and civilians they also serve as a link between the Sheriff’s Office and the community.


Community Service

The use of the Canine Unit in demonstrations, exhibitions, and special events opens lines of communication and understanding. The presence of the police service dog stimulates conversation and serves as a link between the officer and the community. There is also a significant psychological impact in the community given the presence of a K-9 officer. The perception of increased security is readily apparent during peripheral conversations during demonstrations and special events.

Given the public perception and the tangible link established by the Canine Unit between the department and the community, the K-9 officer is expected to participate in demonstrations, special events, and other exhibitions. During these events, the K-9 officer uses his/her police service dog to educate the community on its use; open a dialogue regarding K-9 operations and community expectations. The K-9 officer is also expected to seize opportunities to use the police service dog to open communication lines and increase understanding and knowledge in the community on a daily basis.