The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division provides several services to assist, not only the Sheriff’s Office but also the community of St. Tammany Parish and surrounding jurisdictions. The K-9 teams are highly trained in the art of narcotic detection, tracking and criminal apprehension.

A K-9 team consists of a handler and a dog. The training a handler and his or her K-9 go through is intense and on-going. Training consists of long hours of study followed by hands-on narcotics and apprehension exercises. The K-9 Division often sends teams out of state to utilize the best instructors the K-9 world has to offer.

The K-9 division is commanded by Captain David Hanson, who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the unit. Deputies who work in the K-9 division are selected after a rigorous tryout and interview process. K-9 patrol deputies are assigned to rotate with the criminal patrol shifts and respond when needed on all K-9 related calls. Whether it’s a vehicle search or a fleeing felon, the deputies and their K-9 partners are on patrol 24 hours a day, ready to assist at a moment’s notice.

The K-9 Division also participates in several demonstrations throughout the year. Whether for schools, churches or civic groups, the K-9s and their handlers take pride in allowing the public to witness the hard work and countless hours of training that make them one of the best law enforcement K-9 units anywhere.

Whatever the situation — a crime in progress, a drug law violation or a lost hunter — the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division is always ready, willing and able to meet any challenge, day or night.