In 2003, the Wheeling Police Department’s K-9 Division was formed. The first two K-9s were Narcotic/Patrol German Shepherds, Freddie and Alf. As of 2018, the Wheeling Police Department has six K-9’s:
Five of the K-9s are Narcotic/Patrol, which means they are trained to: detect narcotics, track fleeing suspects, building searches, and officer protection. The illegal narcotics that the K-9s are trained to detect are: Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroin and MDMA. K9 Declan is trained to detect explosives, in addition to helping with patrol.
During the 2017 calendar year, the Wheeling PD K9 Unit trained for 1,173 hours and were utilized 474 times for various searches and demonstrations.