Canine Officers Continue to Play Integral Part in Keeping City Safe
“Free Air” sniffs around suspect vehicles to detect narcotics. Tracking missing persons. Protecting officers from aggressive and dangerous suspects. These are all jobs of the Canine Unit of the Oxford Police Department. The Department’s Canine Unit serves as an important tool by the OPD to both protect the City and keep citizens safe.
The canine unit added its newest member, a German Shepherd named Roscoe, to the force in 2017. Roscoe and K9 Handler Officer Matt Hardin join a list of dedicated canines and handlers that have served Oxford for over 3 decades. The Oxford Division of Police partnered with the Haverkamp Foundation and TriHealth to fund Roscoe’ s initial purchase and training. All police dogs and their trainers go through an extensive basic training process and bi-monthly skill devlopment training.
The dogs go on patrol with their handlers on weekend nights, when there is the most need for their assistance, and are capable of performing “Free Air” sniffs for narcotics, searching through commercial buildings, and various other tasks. If an officer pulls over a vehicle and has suspicions that there might be drugs in the car, he can walk the dog around the car (performing a “Free Air” sniff). If the dog detects narcotics, the officer then has probable cause to perform a search.
When the dogs are not on patrol, they enjoy being their handler’s pet. Each canine lives “off-duty” with the handler but are always ready to respond to the Division’s needs at a moment’s notice. When it is time to retire, the canines enjoy hard earned rest and relaxation with the handler and their families.
OPD Canines/Handlers over the years:
K9 Shadow — Officer Moore / Sgt. Reising
K9 Simon — Officer Terrell
K9 Dover — Sgt. King
K9 Cole — Sgt. Sikora
K9 Roscoe — Officer Hardin
For more information, contact Lt. Geoff Robinson, (513) 524-5258.