The MLPD currently utilizes one canine (K-9) officer in the patrol unit of the operations division. The police K-9 is certified through the Pennsylvania Police Work Dog Association and the North American Police Work Dog Association to perform drug detection, searching & tracking and criminal apprehension. The dog and the officer who serves as his handler receive continuous training throughout the year. In addition to enforcement duties, the police K-9 participates in the department’s outreach activities, including public demonstrations, foot patrols and neighborhood visits.
Police K-9s who have previously served MLPD and the community are:
K-9 Jerd – a Czech-born German shepherd, who served MLPD from August 1999 until December 2008 and was handled by Cpl. Michael Belak.
K-9 Sundi - a Hungarian-born German shepherd, who served MLPD from October 2003 until September 2012 and was handled by Ofc. Michael Smakosz.