The Wheeling Police Department K-9 Unit was established in 2005 to augment the Patrol Division in providing police services to the citizens of Wheeling. The trained law enforcement K-9 is a valuable supplement to police manpower. The trained K-9 has a superior sense of smell, hearing and physical capabilities. The K-9 and its handler are a dual purpose team, in that they both specialize in patrol and detection work. Patrol work consists of tracking suspects, building searches and suspect apprehensions. Detection work includes searching for illegal narcotics and explosives.
The Wheeling Police Department currently deploys three K-9 teams. Two of which are trained in patrol work/narcotic detection. The third team consists of a K-9 that is trained in patrol work and the detection of explosives. The Wheeling Police Department is currently in the process of screening eligible candidates to appoint an officer to a fourth K-9 Team. Our department currently issues each K-9 Team the Ford Explorer SUV. The department maintains a spare Ford Crown Victoria to use in the event that a SUV is out of service for repairs.