The Munford Police Department’s K9 unit was officially established in 1999. In August 2018, the Munford Police Department purchased K9 Jerry. Jerry originally came from Arkansas. K9 Jerry is a two year old Belgian Malinois and a dual-purpose dog. Officer Young was given the opportunity to become the K9 handler in March 2016. This would make them the 6th K9 unit in history of the Munford Police Department. On October 30, 2018, Officer Young attended training at the Memphis Police Department to complete a 14 week Basic Canine Training Course and received his certification through AWD, American Working Dog Association. The course consisted of canine obedience, area searches, techniques for apprehension and patrol. K9 Jerry is also trained to detect marijuana, cocaine, crack, meth, ecstasy, and heroin.
Officer Young and Jerry are assigned a specially equipped vehicle that allows him to transport his K9 partner. The K9 unit is on call 24 hours / 7 days a week. K9 Jerry lives at home with Officer Young and his family. Officer Young is responsible for feeding, grooming and the general care of the K9. The average service life for a K9 is about 7 years.
The K9 unit is used in a variety of situations. These situations consist of vehicle searches, school searches, private residence searches, businesses searches, officer protection, evidence search and recovery, crowd control, and public demonstrations. The K9's extraordinary sense of smell has become one of the most effective tools in police work. The K9's are able to search an area and secure an area quicker and more efficiently.
Officer Jundi (previous handler) and Kilo received their certification on November 12, 2010 through NNDDA, National Narcotic Detector Dog Association. Officer Jundi left the Munford Police Department in July 2016 to further her law enforcement career in a different state. We thank Officer Jundi for her dedication and service to our department.
K9 Kilo officially retired on October 18th, 2018. Kilo served 8 years and 2 months with the Munford Police Department. We thank him for keeping our officers safe and his many years of service. Kilo will spend his retirement with Officer Young and his family.