K9 Unit

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K-9 Unit

In 2003, the Wheeling Police Department’s K-9 Unit was formed. 
The first two K-9s were Narcotic/Patrol German Shepherds, Freddie and Alf.
Currently, the Wheeling Police Department has six K-9’s:

  • Ammo (Handler – Pfc. Harry Myers)
  • Bella (Handler – Sgt. Doug Howell)
  • Declan (Handler – Cpl. Garrett Pugh)
  • Jericho (Handler – Cpl. Sean Brantley)
  • Keeni (Handler – Cpl. Jason Martin)
  • Zero (Handler – Cpl. Jason Hupp)

Five of the K-9s are trained to detect narcotics, track fleeing suspects, building searches and give officer protection. The illegal narcotics that the K-9s are trained to detect are Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and MDMA. A sixth K9 is trained to detect explosives, in addition to helping with the patrol division. Each year, the K9 Unit spends roughly 1,000 hours training and is utilized about 400 times for various reasons.

Former K9's of the Wheeling PD:

  • Alf (2003-2010)
  • Freddie (2003-2007)
  • Hyco (2008-2014)
  • Dux (2010-2014)