The Natchez Police Department K-9 Unit was established in 1994. The K-9 Unit currently consists of two K-9s and their handlers. The K-9 is assigned to the Patrol Division and is utilized on all shifts primarily working the evening and night shift. The K-9 is used for tracking, detection of narcotics, and protection work. The K-9 program is made possible through donations from local service organizations and citizens of the local community.
The canines used by the Natchez Police Department are German Shepard. The K9 corps utilizes various types of vehicles. All handlers and their partners are trained on a continuous basis. The officers are also assigned to do demonstrations at public schools and events and do most any request for a demo. The K9 corps is headed by an officer in charge, Captain Tom McGehee, who oversees the training and scheduling of extra assignments, such as demos.
Officers working K9 Patrol have the option of wearing BDU uniforms.
Any surrounding Police Departments may request the assistance of the K-9 Unit by contacting the Natchez Police Department Operations Commander at 601-445-5565.