The K-9s are assigned to the Patrol Division and are utilized on all shifts primarily working the evening and night shifts. The K-9s are used for tracking, detection of narcotics, tactical patrol, and protection work.
The canines used by the San Juan Police Department are German Shepards. The K9 Units utilize various types of vehicles. All handlers and their partners are trained on a continuous basis. The officers are also assigned to do demonstrations at public schools and events. The K9 Unit is headed by a Sergeant, who oversees the training and scheduling of extra assignments, such as demonstrations.
Any surrounding Police Departments may request the assistance of either the detection of narcotics or tracking patrol dogs by contacting the San Juan Police Department at 956-223-2400.