The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is proud to provide a K-9 unit as a valuable tool to serve in protecting lives and aiding in the safety and security of our community and detention facility. K-9 teams work seven days a week and are available twenty-four hours a day throughout the year. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 units consist of five Patrol / Narcotic Detection Dogs, two Patrol / Explosive Detection Dogs, one single-purpose Explosive Detection Dog, and two tracking dogs (Bloodhound and Hanoverian Scent hound). The duties of a K-9 team include responding to assist in sniffing for explosives and illegal narcotics, sniffing for discarded evidence, searching for hidden suspects, and tracking for missing persons and escapees. K-9 teams are members of the International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA) and/or the United States Police Canine Association (U.S.P.C.A.) which provides yearly certifications, training seminars, and guidelines for a standard level of training.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit conducts in-service training once a week for the K-9 teams. K-9 in-service training is conducted in the field throughout Brunswick County. The K-9 unit provides a vital service to the Detention Facility with their special ability to provide services to increase the effectiveness of inmate control during riots and near riots situations and the detection and prevention of contraband within the facility. The unit also provides a high level of security for the well-being of Brunswick County citizens.