The K-9 unit consists of one (1) dog and his handler. The dog and his handler are trained in drug detection, evidence detection, officer protection, obedience and tracking. The dog is trained and certified through the K-9 Academy (ATF) in Romulus (Taylor), Michigan and the North American Working Dog Association (National Association of Professional Canine Handlers). The dog and his handler (dogs and their handlers) are an important part of the Redford Police Department's commitment to public safety.
The Dog was purchased and trained as a result of a partnership between RTPD and South Redford School District. This dog is assigned to the South Redford School resource Officer and spends much of their time in the schools and is available if needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
K-9 Murphy is a Slavic born German Shepard that joined the Redford Township Police Department in 2012. K-9 Murphy is partnered with Police Officer Keith Cooper. Through a cooperative agreement with the South Redford School District, K-9 Murphy is stationed at Thurston High School where Officer Cooper serves as the School Resource Officer.
K-9 Murphy is trained in tracking, building search, narcotics detection, evidence search, area search, and handler protection. The Redford Police K-9 Unit participates in monthly training sessions to maintain their skills. K-9 Murphy holds certifications through K-9 ATF and National Association of Professional Canine Handlers (NAPCH).
K-9 Murphy follows in the paw prints of K-9 Maverick (Handler: Police Officer Jennifer Mansfield), K-9 Bear (Handler: Police Officer Tim Paull), and K-9 Czar (Handler: Police Officer Kevin Jeziorowski) who served the Redford Township Community with honor.