K-9 Program

The City of Graham has formed a K9 officer program, and works with other police departments in the area who have agreed to share their teams.

The Graham Police Department’s canine handlers are police officers first and comply with all the rules and regulations governing the duties of a police officer.

The principle duty of a police canine handler is to serve as a support unit in aiding general law enforcement to track lost persons or fleeing suspects, search for discarded or hidden evidence or contraband, detect illegal drugs, search buildings and help protect officers. Graham’s K9 team is available for public appearances and demonstrations as well.

The canine is regarded as an item of specialized equipment provided by the department to assist the officer in carrying out his/her duties more effectively.

To better facilitate the strong bonding and working relationship between the canine and the handler, the canine is housed and maintained at the residence of the handler.

Graham Police Department implemented the Canine Teams in 1998 and currently has two canine units.

To request additional information contact:

Officer Walker (336)570-6711 ext. 257

Email awalker@cityofgraham.com