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K9 Unit

The Vanderbilt University Police Department formed a dedicated K-9 Unit in June 2007.  These valued members of our team play a vital role in keeping our community safe by performing bomb sweeps prior to large functions at the University, such as athletic events and concerts.

We have two teams consisting of single purpose explosive detector canines. Both teams are certified annually with the United States Police Canine Association.  Initial training is under the supervision of a United States Police Canine certified trainer provided by the  Metro Nashville Police K-9 section, with a minimum of fifty days initial training. K-9 teams must maintain 16 hours minimum monthly team maintenance training. Teams re-certify yearly with the United States Police Canine Association to demonstrate team proficiency as set forth by the USPCA. Teams also must pass a yearly U.S. ATF National Odor Recognition Examination to maintain eligibility for USPCA certification.

The explosive detector canine teams provide pre-event sweeps prior to any event deemed necessary by the Chief of Police or either Lieutenants responsible for special events and emergency preparedness.

Teams are utilized for suspicious package/vehicles and respond to any bomb threat location within Vanderbilt University.

Teams provide mutual aid assistance as needed to Metro Nashville Police Department and or surrounding agencies.

Gauge has been serving since August of 2007 and KoJack served the department from February of 2008 until his retirement in February 2014, after 6 years of dedicated service to VUPD and the community.

Please meet our K-9 officers and their handlers.

K-9 Officer Gauge and his handler, Corporal Jason Bates

K-9 Officer KoJack (retired) and his handler, Corporal Patrick Conwell

K9 Officer Gauge in Training

K9 Officer KoJack receives his reward for a successful training session-a tennis ball!

Serving since August, 2007

Serving since February, 2008 (Retired February, 2014)