A Police K-9 is trained specifically to assist police personnel in their work.  The Salem Police Department has 2 German Shepards, Officer Benoit and K9 "Til" and Officer Nelson with K9 "Trigger".K9 units work regular uniform patrol in their assigned routes and respond to assist on alarm calls, burglary calls, building searches, article searches, suspect tracking,  area and building searches for suspects, narcotics and officer safety assists.  K9 officers may also assist on other police calls but they try to stay available for calls where their dog might be deployed.  K9 units also participate in many civic functions and educational demonstrations throughout the year.  Both canines go home with their human partners.  Not only are the dogs more socialized being around the officer's family, but they stay healthier not kenneled together where disease and illness can spread more easily.

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