The Wausau Police Department formed a canine unit within the patrol bureau in 1997, with the addition of our first dual-purpose patrol dog. The program was an immediate success and obvious need for the department. The canine program has continued to grow and today we have four dogs assigned to our patrol bureau covering each of our shifts.
The canine teams are each assigned normal patrol duties and are on patrol in the city every day. Each year they account for nearly 1,000 deployments for various needs ranging from narcotics detection, officer assistance, school walk-throughs and more.
Over the past 20 years, 13 different dogs have served the City of Wausau. Learn more about each of the dogs below.
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