In order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the Simpsonville Police Department, the Canine (K-9) Unit provides highly trained canine team to protect people and their property, and increase the safety of officers confronting any suspect(s) who may represent a threat. Canine team is a valuable tool in law enforcement used for criminal apprehension, building searches, area searches, evidence detection, narcotics or explosive detection, tracking missing persons, tracking fleeing persons, crowd control, and for promoting favorable public relations.
The Simpsonville Police Department K-9 Unit currently consists of one K-9 officer. The unit is under the direction of Lt. Mike Thomas. The canine unit works assigned shifts supporting uniformed patrol officers in their daily patrol activities. All K-9 units are on-call 24-hours a day, seven days a week to assist in the detection of contraband, to locate evidence and apprehend fleeing criminal suspects. All dog handlers are responsible for their dog at all times, living at home with their handler and his family.
K-9 Dash is a dual purpose patrol dog. This dog is skilled at drug detection, tracking, building searches, article searches, handler protection, aggression control and obedience. The K-9 and handler achieved a North American Police Working Dog Association (NAPWDA) certification after completing an 8-week intensive training program. The K-9 and its handler must recertify annually, in addition to maintaining a minimum of sixteen (16) hours of training each month. "Dash" is a Belgian Malinois and is assigned to Officer Wright.