The Lansing Police Department Canine Unit was formed in 1985 with 3 teams. Today we have 10 working teams and is one of the largest Canine Unit Programs in the State of Michigan. Canines are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, assigned to every shift.
Each K9 team is a locating tool, that is cross trained in utility work and scent work. Each canine is a German Shepherd, trained in obedience, tracking, handler protection, building searches, locating weapons and evidence. Each Canine Team is trained as either a Narcotic or Explosive Canine. The LPD has 5 narcotic canines and 5 explosive dogs. In addition, 2 of the canines are Tactical Canines assigned to LPD's START Team. The LPD Canine Unit also performs Canine Demonstrations for the schools and public.