Currently, the Rock Island Police Department has two K-9 teams. Officer Dustin Miles partners with K-9 Alex and Officer Andrew Lawler partners with K-9 Basco. The K-9’s are both Belgian Malinois who are assigned only one handler and live with the officer at his home. Each officer is responsible for the care and maintenance of his K-9.
Each Canine Team is trained as “all purpose” utility teams in:
Each canine and handler team undergoes twelve weeks of initial training. One day a month is spent at a structured training session with other local police agencies to improve upon their skills. The handlers also spend countless hours of their own time working with their K-9’s to master each task.
Along with patrol duties, the canine teams also give canine demonstrations for many different groups and organizations. To request a canine demonstration Email the canine supervisor, Lieutenant Benjamin Smith.