K9s4COPs was formed to address the need for funding the purchase of K9s for Law Enforcement Agencies. K9s cost between 10,000-15,000 dollars and most agencies are not budgeted for that kind of expenditure. However most departments can budget for the required care, training and transportation of a K9.
There is a long history of K9s being used in law enforcement and military work. K9s are police dogs specifically trained to assist law enforcement in their work. The structure of a dog’s nose gives it a sense of smell that is 1,000-10,000 times stronger than a human. They can follow a scent trail undetectable to humans and can break down the specific scents. For that reason K9s are used to sweep venues for explosives, search buildings for narcotics and apprehend suspects on the run.
K9 partners help officers do their jobs safer, faster and in many cases have saved their lives.