Canine Unit

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The Canine Unit is trained to track suspects, locate missing persons, search buildings, find items such as guns and explosives, and sniff out narcotics. Teams train monthly to stay proficient in their skills and stand ready to serve the citizens of Durham County.  

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has a total of five canine teams: four are assigned to the Patrol Division, one is assigned to explosive detection. The Sheriff’s canines work with a handler who is an experienced and qualified deputy sheriff.

The K-9 Unit also participates in dozens of public demonstrations every year. To request a canine demonstration, please contact Sargent S. Talley at (919) 560-0897.