Canine Program

Since 1981, the streets of New Haven have been patrolled by four legged partners called police service work dogs. The New Haven Police Department K-9 team currently consists of one Officer who is a trained dog handler and one certified police dog. Our canines are trained locally by certified police work dog master trainers.


Our canines assist patrol officers with apprehension of suspects, search and rescue of missing or lost persons, locating articles, alerting to illegal drugs, and officer protection. Our police service work dogs have proven themselves invaluable to the mission of crime fighting and community safety.


This team relies heavily on outside donations to purchase equipment.