"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." --- Cicero, Roman Orator/Politician --

Canine Unit

The Port Authority Police K9 Unit was established in 2003 with the deployment of two dual purpose dogs which are assigned to the Patrol Division. Since that time the Unit has expanded to accommodate growth within the transportation system service area and to adapt to the ever changing law enforcement environment. Currently, the K9 Unit consists of three Patrol/Explosive Detection dogs. Their mission is to serve the community in the deterrence of crime, protection of property and to support the functions of the Port Authority Transit Police Department.

The training of a new dog and handler consists of a 10 week basic course however; it is an on-going process that continues for long as the dog is a working member of the K9 Unit. The Handler/K9 Team is required to have at least fours hours of continuing training each week in compliance with the North American Police Work Dog ( N.A.P.W.D.A.) Besides basic obedience, Port Authority Police K9’s are trained in tracking, building/area searches, apprehension, handler protection and explosive detection.

Since 2003 the K9 Unit has conducted numerous deployments that have led to the the capture and arrest of numerous felony suspects. Also, the K9 Unit has taken an active participation in National Events that have taken part in Allegheny County such as explosive detection sweeps for The President of the Unites States and other Dignitaries as well as sweeps for the Major League Baseball All-stars Festivities.

The Port Authority Transit Police K9 Unit is an effective deterrent and a useful instrument in crime prevention, as well as promoting positive public relations within the communities we serve. The Officers of the K9 Unit welcome the opportunity to provide education to the public in a variety of forums.

 

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