The Austin Police Department Canine Unit was established in 1979 and its mission is to provide trained police canine teams to assist in the prevention and detection of crime, to locate persons sought by the police, to promote a favorable public image of the Department and to carry out other duties as may be directed by the Canine Sergeant or the Department. 

This includes, but is not limited to the enforcement of all applicable laws to help ensure the safety of the citizens within the City of Austin.  The Patrol K9 Unit’s main responsibility is to support the backbone of APD – the Patrol Division.   Patrol K9 teams are assigned their own vehicles, which require the officers and dogs to remain together at all times.  The officers also have kennels at their residences so they can care for their K9 partners while off duty.  When on duty, Patrol K9 teams remain in the City on patrol until they are called to assist patrol officers.  Typically the K9 teams are used to locate suspects who have fled the scene of a crime, but on occasion are requested to search for missing individuals and evidence.  Two of the K9 teams are also SWAT certified and deploy for all SWAT related incidents.        

APD K-9 Video 

Jake is a 6 year old Belgian Malinois, and his handler Officer Mierl is a 16 year veteran and K-9 Unit trainer.  As a team they have a total of 36 arrests. 

K9 Bear is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois and one of the largest dogs on the team.  His handler, Officer Eveleth, is a 17 year veteran of APD and a K-9 Unit trainer.   Together they have a total of 41 arrests. 

K9 Sarge is a four year old Czech Shepherd, and his handler is Officer Curtis Pandorf. Officer Pandorf is a 5 year veteran of APD and one of the newer handlers to the Unit. Sarge just completed his training and he has 2 total arrests. 

 

K9 Cash is a 5 year old Belgian Malinois.  He works alongside his handler, Officer Bowman, and together they 44 total arrests.  

K9 Blitz is an 8 year old Belgian Malinois who works alongside his handler, Officer Lahr.   They have worked together for several years and have 70 arrests. 

K9 Wiley is an 8 year old Belgian Malinois.  His handler, Officer Davenport, is the senior officer on the K-9 Unit with over 20 years’ experience.  Together they have 108 arrests. 

K9 Diesel is a 5 year old Belgian Malinois.  Working alongside his handler Officer Wagner, they have a total of 24 arrests. 

K9 Tex is a 8 year old Belgian Malinois, and his handler Officer O’connor is a 16 year veteran of APD.  Together as a team they have a total of 46 arrests.  Officer O’connor and Tex also are trained to assist on various SWAT missions. 

 

 

Contact the K-9 Unit at 512-974-5524 or by email

 or Email Sgt. Greg White