The Miami-Dade Schools Police Department (MDSPD), established its Canine (K-9) Unit in 1995. The K-9 Unit was spearheaded by Sergeant Reinaldo Perez, who currently supervises the unit. The MDSPD K-9 Unit is comprised of four K-9 Officers and their highly trained Belgian Malinois and German Sheppard canine partners. These very intelligent dogs are trained in the areas of apprehension, narcotics detection and explosives detection.
The K-9 Unit provides support to our agency and renders assistance to all other law enforcement agencies upon request. The MDSPD K-9 Unit undergoes extensive training year round and provides the highest level of professionalism when called upon to conduct area canvasses, building searches, as well as narcotics and explosives searches throughout the county. Additionally, the K-9 Unit participates in tactical training with the Special Response Team to provide tactical support when needed.
The MDSPD K-9 Unit fully supports the school district’s mission, not only by way of providing law enforcement services but by also interacting with the students in a positive manner though educational presentations and participating in student events year round.
MDSPD K-9 Officer Victor Hernandez and his K-9 partner Jago.
K-9 Officer Hernandez conducts a training exercise search for narcotics.
MDSPD K-9 Officer Imtyaz Dad and his K-9 partner Balto.
K-9 Officer Dad conducts a training exercise search for an explosive device.