The Wheeling Police Department K-9 Unit was established to augment Police services to the community; Because of their superior sense of smell, hearing and physical capabilities.
The trained law enforcement K9 is a valuable supplement to Police manpower. The K-9 Unit Team comprised of one handler and one dog undergoes rigorous training before being used as a team. The K-9 Team is a dual purpose team, meaning they specialize both in patrol work and detection work. Patrol work includes tracking suspects, building searches, and suspect apprehensions. Detection work includes searching for illegal narcotics.
Wheeling P.D. currently has three active K9 units. The department has now added a 5th K9 unit that specializes in tracking and bomb detection.