Meet Our K-9s
The Tacoma Police Department K-9s are comprised of two Officer/Handler teams: two Generalist dogs and their handlers. They are certified by the Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA) and are available to support not only the Department, but all Metro Canine participating members within Pierce County. Each K-9 team is considered to be uniquely specialized, having received extensive police canine training through WSPCA certification and frequent proficiency qualification tests. Their mission is to provide a unique and valuable tool to aid Officers in the location and apprehension of dangerous, fleeing criminals and/or property. Canines may also be deployed as an instrument of force to defend against assault or to apprehend suspects who present a threat to the community and the severity of their actions warrants immediate apprehension.