Canine Unit

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Canine Program

The Leesburg Police Department’s K-9 Unit was formed in 1977. We currently have three Police Service Dog teams assigned to Field Operations. Two K-9 team's consist of a sworn veteran officer and a certified dual-purpose police service dog. The Third K-9 team is responsible for Explosive Ordinance Detection.

Some of the assignments that the K-9 teams assist with are:

* Detecting the presence of explosive ordinances
* Searching for hidden suspects
* Locating articles or evidence of a crime
* Protecting officers and the public from serious injury or death
* Arrest and apprehension of felons
* Detecting the presence of narcotic

K-9 Unit Commander

Lieutenant Doug Shaw