K9 Unit

Three officers and their dogs
A Member of the K9 Unit

K9 Unit

The UWPD K9 unit is comprised of three K9 teams — each has a specialty and can be seen at various times and events around the campus area.  Two of the K9’s are explosive detection K9’s and are also trained in human tracking. Most commonly, the explosive detection K9’s can be seen providing security at large events on campus.  Many times their noses are put to work hours prior to large events.  They also respond to suspicious item calls, bomb threats, and can provide a variety of other services.  Our third team, the narcotics K9 team, is most frequently utilized on traffic stops.

All of the K9’s are certified annually by the North American Police Work Dog Association and live with their handlers.  The K9s love to interact with the community and play an important role in making the campus and surrounding community safe.  Presentations involving the K9 unit can be set up by contacting one of the K9 handlers.

Learn more about each dog and their handler

Learn about past UWPD K9 teams

Members of the Mounted Patrol unit

Mounted Patrol

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Mounted Police unit, established in 1989, has had up to three active members since it began. The UW Mounted Patrol unit works in conjunction with other mounted officers from various police departments from Dane County and around the state in a variety of different assignments.  Horses are very useful in crowd situations, due to the height advantage of a mounted officer being able to see and be seen, and the ability of a horse to move through almost any crowd where it may be difficult or impossible for a squad car to go.

Learn more about Vegas, UWPD’s police horse.