The K-9 Unit is comprised of three officers paired with dual-purpose canines certified for patrol and narcotics detection. These teams are on call 365 days a year, responding to a variety of situations. They provide a unique capability to the Rapid City Police Department and support other Departments in the surrounding area.
Each K-9 team must be certified annually. The certification includes canine obedience and agility, tracking, suspect apprehension, handler and officer protection, building searches, field searches, evidence searches as well as narcotic detection. The Rapid City Police Department K-9 Unit is certified by the State of South Dakota under the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and International Congress Standards.
The three dogs assigned to the K-9 Unit were imported from Europe. Each dog will continue training until his retirement from the unit and Department.
- K9 Stryker, the newest member of the team, joined our department in February 2014. Stryker is a Belgian Malinois imported from Holland. His K9 handler, Senior Officer Doyle, previously worked with K9 Magnum, who retired in early 2014.
- K9 Jackson, a Belgian Malinois, joined the department in 2009. Jackson works with Senior Officer Glass.
- K9 Jary, a Belgian Malinois, joined the department in 2016. Jary works with Senior Officer Matt Hower.
The Rapid City Police Department is extremely pleased to provide the assistance of these service dogs to the citizens of Rapid City. Their impact on modern day policing is immeasurable and allows the Department to provide much better service to the community.
- Officer Doyle & Stryker
- Officer Glass & Jackson
- Officer Hower & Jary