The K-9 unit consists of two (2) dogs and his handler. The dog and his handler are trained in drug detection, evidence detection, officer protection, obedience and tracking. The dog is trained and certified through the K-9 Academy (ATF) in Romulus (Taylor), Michigan and the North American Working Dog Association (National Association of Professional Canine Handlers). The dog and his handler (dogs and their handlers) are an important part of the Redford Police Department's commitment to public safety.
One Dog was purchased and trained as a result of a partnership between RTPD and South Redford School District. This dog is assigned to the South Redford School resource Officer and spends much of their time in the schools. However, both dogs are available if needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
K-9 Maverick is a German born German Shepard that joined the Redford Township Police Department in 2007. K-9 Maverick is partnered with Police Officer Jennifer Mansfield. Officer Mansfield and K-9 Maverick work road patrol, answering emergency calls for police service and enforcing traffic laws and Township ordinances.
K-9 Murphy is a Slavic born German Shepard that joined the Redford Township Police Department in 2012. K-9 Murphy is partnered with Police Officer Keith Cooper. Through a cooperative agreement with the South Redford School District, K-9 Murphy is stationed at Thurston High School where Officer Cooper serves as the School Resource Officer.
K-9 Maverick and K-9 Murphy are both trained in tracking, building search, narcotics detection, evidence search, area search, and handler protection. The Redford Police K-9 Unit participates in monthly training sessions to maintain their skills. K-9 Maverick and K-9 Murphy hold certifications through K-9 ATF and National Association of Professional Canine Handlers (NAPCH).
K-9 Maverick and K-9 Murphy follow in the paw prints of K-9 Bear (Handler: Police Officer Tim Paull) and K-9 Czar (Handler: Police Officer Kevin Jeziorowski) who served the Redford Township Community with honor.