K-9 Division

The Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consists of 3 handler / working dog teams, assigned to the Special Operations Division of the Office. The teams work with the Patrol Division and are certified in several areas to include suspect tracking and apprehension, narcotics detection, article search and evidence recovery, and building searches. Our agency also has a great working relationship with the Department of Corrections K-9 Unit, along with the United States Customs and Border Protection K-9 Units.

About the Dogs
K-9 Teams across the country utilize several different dog breeds such as German Shepherds, Blood Hounds, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador Retrievers, all of which possess particular traits that make them especially well-suited for their assigned duties. The Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Teams utilize the Belgian Malinois. The Belgian Malinois is a high energy dog that works well in multiple environments, making it a great choice for our duties. Our agency also has access to other dog breeds, such as Blood Hounds, in collaboration with other agencies.

In addition to their regular duties, the K-9 teams are utilized for a variety of public relations and community outreach functions. Each dog is assigned solely to his or her handler and lives with them at their home, creating a strong bond that ensures a solid working partnership between the two. As part of our Community Policing Policy, our K-9 teams are available for certain types of demonstrations. This can be coordinated with the K-9 supervisor.

Important Things to Note Regarding K-9 Working Dogs

While these dogs may look like any other pet, realize that they are also highly trained law enforcement tools and must be treated accordingly. There is no need to be fearful of these dogs, but there are a few rules that should be followed to ensure everyone’s safety when interacting with a K-9 team.

  • Never approach a K-9 unless the handler is present and has said that it’s okay to do so
  • Don’t reach inside a vehicle to pet a K-9
  • Make an effort not to startle or surprise a K-9. If you must approach a K-9 team, do so from the front, speak to the handler in a normal tone of voice, and stop a few feet further away than you normally would to hold a conversation
  • Do not make aggressive gestures or movements in the presence of a K-9, even in a joking manner. The dog will not know if you are joking, and most of these dogs are trained to key in on this type of behavior
  • Failure to follow these rules may result in a serious bite

Any questions about the Sheriff’s Office K-9 teams, please contact our agency at 706-672-4489.