The TPD K9 Corps was established in 1962 using donated dogs
trained by the Kansas City, Missouri Police Canine Corps. The unit
has grown to 12 handler/dog teams and two supervisors. The new K9
Center was opened in 1999 located on the grounds of the Tulsa
Police Training Center.
The 2800 square foot facility provides squad and conference rooms,
shower/bathroom facilities, seven indoor/outdoor kennels and
exercise areas for the dogs.
At present all of the unit's 13 dogs are male, German or Dutch
Shepherds. This particular breed of dog is ideal for police duty
due to their size, intelligence, agility and personality.
Each dog is purchased when they are 18 to 24 months old with an
expected career span of 8-10 years before being retired to their
Each handler and dog must successfully complete an 8-10 week
training course conducted by one of the two K9 training officers.
Each team must also receive certification through the United States
Police Canine Association to ensure that each team meets basic
standards of performance.
The K-9 Corps is attached to the Support Division to enable it
to carry out its primary mission of providing services to the
The K9 teams are most effective in conducting
building searches, felony tracks or evidence/narcotics searches.
Under limited circumstances the K9 team can be deployed to search
for lost or missing persons, however the Search and Rescue Dogs of
Oklahoma generally conduct such searches