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K9 dog with the police K9 handler

The Bend Police K9 teams are hard at work, keeping their handlers, their teams, and their community safe.

Our K9 teams are highly trained partners, who deploy to a variety of different types of calls.  When they're not on duty, in training, or tracking a suspect, they can often be found at community outreach events or spending time at home with their families!

Bend's K9s are trained to respond to both verbal and non-verbal commands (they will only respond to their handlers).  Some of the areas they work in include:

Suspect Apprehension

The K9's are trained to locate and apprehend a suspect that is either fleeing or hiding.  Deploying a K9 to apprehend a suspect increases the level of officer safety, and often provides a much faster resolution to a situation.  

Drug Detection

These K9's are responsible for locating narcotics in vehicles, closed packages, in buildings, and at crime scenes.  They are specially trained to detect specific types of drug odors, and to alert their handler to their presence.  As a member of the Patrol team, they are able to quickly respond to traffic stops where there may be drugs in a vehicle.  

Tracking/Area Searches

Patrol K9's are often used to track suspects that have fled from officers, or crime scenes.  They use their incredible sense of smell to detect small changes in surroundings, and/or scent coming from the suspect.  Thanks to their acute sense of smell, a K9 can search a building in less than half the time it would take for a team of officers to do the same job.  Their skills don't end with suspects however, and they are often deployed to help search for missing people, including children.  

Evidence Searches

Our K9's are often used to locate evidence that may have been tossed or discarded by a subject and is needed for evidentiary purposes.  They are trained to alert to the article, which provides a much quicker and more efficient way of searching an area.

Want to help our K9 program grow?

Due to the highly specialized personality traits required of both the K9 and the handler, growing and maintaining a successful K9 program comes with associated costs.  The K9 handlers are matched with a dog, which has gone through rigorous initial training.  The K9 and its handler then must go through extensive initial and on-going training as a team in order to be certified by the Oregon State Police Canine Association.  If you would like to donate to our efforts to grow our K9 program, please email Officer Lotito at or call 541-322-2960 and ask to speak with a K9 officer!


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