K-9 Viking K-9 Fox
The Warwick Police K-9 Unit was reinstituted in 2012 and is part of the Community Services Division and is currently staffed by Officer Aaron Steere and Officer Paul Wells along with their K-9 partners Viking and Fox.
Both K-9's are German Shepard's and were imported from the Country of Slovakia. The K-9 teams attended six months of initial training at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and attend a minimum of 16 hours of in-service training every month.
Viking and Fox are trained in Patrol and Narcotics work. The K-9's currently maintain two national certifications in narcotics detection through the North American Police Work dog Association and the United States Police Canine Association.
The teams are nationally certified in Patrol work by the North American Police Work dog Association which includes Tracking, Evidence recovery, Building searches, Area Searches and Handler Protection.
Officer Steere and Officer Wells are both deputized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and have assisted in numerous local, State and Federal narcotics investigations.
Since 2012 the K-9 unit has conducted 497 narcotics searches resulting with seizing the following.
Narcotics Weight Street Value
-Marijuana 68,203 grams (150.3 lbs.) $606,009
-Heroin 14.2 Kilos (33.5 lbs.) $4,593,200
-Meth. 93.5 grams $3,441
-Cocaine (Powder) 16,293grams (36 lbs.) $439,370
-Cocaine (Crack) 55grams $5,510
-Molly 4grams $400.00
Oxycodone 2281 pills $114,000
Ecstasy 1000 pills $35,000
Morphine 124 pills $620.00
Vicodin 38 pills $119.00
Alprazolam 23 pills $115.00
Adderall 27pills $135.00
U.S. Currency seized with assistance of K-9 Unit:
The K-9 unit strives to maintain the highest level of proficiency and professionalism and has attended numerous specialized trainings to keep them at the top of their game. The K-9 unit has also assisted the Warwick Police Dept. in hosting several nationally recognized classes to include Desert Snow Criminal Interdiction School in 2014 and S.K.I.D.D.S tactical K-9 class in 2015.
Both of these courses were conducted in the City of Warwick and were attended by Law Enforcement agencies from throughout New England.
Listed below are Patrol related statistics for K-9 deployment.
- Evidence Searches: 7
- Building Searches: 53
- Area Searches: 0
- K-9 Apprehensions: 10 (3 Physical Apprehensions)
- Firearms Recovered 8
K-9 Unit is also heavily involved in community outreach and education. Since 2012 the K-9 Unit has conducted 72 public demonstrations and lectures to a variety of local Schools, Community Groups and other Civic Organizations. The demonstrations are geared towards educating the public about the abilities and functions of the K-9 Unit and what a tremendous resource they are to the Police Department and Citizens of the city.
When not conducting K-9 related duties the K-9 Unit aggressively patrols problem areas for criminal activity and traffic related issues. The following statistics reflect the K-9 Units efforts to reduce criminal activity and traffic related complaints.
-Incident Reports 379
-Self Initiated Arrest 401
-Traffic Citations 1869
-Municipal Violations 38
-Accident Reports 22
Field Interview Reports 87
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