The Delaware State Police K-9 teams, along with the New Castle County Police Department and Wilmington Police Department K-9 teams, work and train to meet the certification standards established by the NPCA. The three agencies train Law Enforcement K-9 teams in the state under one certification standard for explosive and narcotic scent detection. Certification scenarios and standards for patrol included; K-9 obedience, tracking, building searches, vehicle searches and wooded area searches.
The K-9 teams that participated in the 2017 NPCA certifications:
During the week of March 27, 18 K-9 teams completed the patrol and explosive certifications through the National Police Canine Association. The K-9 teams included 12 Delaware State Police K-9 teams and six municipal K-9 teams from Capitol Police Department, Department of Natural Resources Police, Laurel Police Department and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office in Pennsylvania.
During the week of April 3, 31 K-9 teams completed the patrol and narcotics certifications through the National Police Canine Association. The K-9 teams included 14 Delaware State Police K-9 teams and 17 municipal K-9 teams from Dover Police Department, Newark Police Department, Smyrna Police Department, Harrington Police Department, Bridgeville Police Department, Lewes Police Department, Ocean View Police Department, Havre De Grace Police Department in Maryland, Aberdeen Police Department in Maryland and the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland.