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The Madison Police Department (MPD) K9 Unit  benefits the community by tracking/locating missing persons, apprehending dangerous suspects, and detecting illegal drugs and weapons.  There are seven MPD dogs on active duty




Under the direction of Sergeant Chris Boyd, the MPD K9 unit, both handlers and dogs, engage in extensive training.  The unit undergoes annual certification through NAPWDA, and also engages in specialized training when possible.




Some dogs are named by sponsors – individual benefactors and corporate donors.  Other dogs have been named in memory of individuals.  Slim (left) was named in honor of Lori Rappe, one of the original Capital K9s board members who died in 2009.   Josh (right)  was named for Josh Brennan, son of retired MPD officer Mike Brennan.  Josh gave his life in service to his country in Afghanistan.