The BHPD Canine (K-9) Unit consists of two K-9 teams. Each team consists of a uniformed patrol officer and their K-9 partner. They are on call 24 hours a day and are used in apprehending subjects, and the detection of narcotics and explosives. Each team is trained in a specialty area, and they maintain their proficiency through weekly trainings. The K-9 partners are under the constant care and supervision of their officers, and live with the officer and their family full-time. In addition to their daily responsibilities, K-9 teams also assist in multi-jurisdiction activities (e.g., special events, dignitary details, and subject searches). The teams also conduct demonstrations to engage the community and increase awareness of the K-9 partner’s abilities.
Meet K-9 Apis
Apis is a 5 ½ year old German Shepherd trained in criminal apprehension, evidence search and narcotics detection. He became a member of BHPD in 2012. Apis was carefully chosen by Officer John Fruchey (retired) to begin his journey of K-9 patrol. Not only is Apis a police work K-9, he also enjoys spending time with children at school demos and educating the public on what he does in the neighborhood. You can spot K-9 Apis along Collins Avenue or on the Bal Harbour Beach walking path where he takes his community walks with Officer Duarte.
Meet K-9 Gina
Gina is a 2 ½ year old Labrador Retriever exclusively trained in explosive detection. She became a member of BHPD in 2016. Shortly after joining the department, Gina went through a 3-month Explosive Ordnance Detection (EOD) training with Officer McClams. Gina is certified in Bomb/Explosive Odor Recognition. She is high spirited and has a great work ethic. Gina’s hobbies include running and playing with her toys.