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.
Our Canine Units are a valuable tool in the fight against crime here in Iredell County. The Canine Unit trains in such a manner so they can be utilized in multipurpose deployments. Most frequently they are used in tracking lost persons or fleeing suspects. However, they have many other functions:
- They can search buildings for unauthorized persons hiding inside.
- During the service of search warrants, they can be used to search for persons hiding or illegal narcotics.
- Handlers can utilize their dog for searching vehicles for illegal narcotics.
- When requested by School Resource Officers or School Administrative Officials, the Iredell County Sheriff's Office Canine Unit assists in searching for drugs in our schools.
While our Canine's primary responsibilities are the protection of officers, and civilians, they also serve as a link between the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office and our community.
The use of the Canine Unit in demonstrations, exhibitions, and special events opens lines of communication and understanding. The presence of the Canine Unit 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 Canine Deputy. 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 sheriff's office and the community, the Canine Deputy is expected to participate in demonstrations, special events, and other exhibitions. During these events, the Canine Deputy uses his/her dog to educate the community on its use; open a dialogue regarding canine operations and community expectations. The Canine Deputy is also expected to seize opportunities to use the dog to open communication lines and increase understanding and knowledge in the community on a daily basis.