The Waverly Police Department utilizes a K9 Unit to assist in Drug Enforcement and Criminal Apprehension. Officer David Ross and his Canine partner, Crockett, fulfill those duties. Crockett is a full-blooded German Shepherd that was purchased in 2013. The K9 Unit is called upon to assist in drug searches as well as building searches and tracking/apprehension of violent offenders or escapees. The K9 Unit is available to assist neighboring law enforcement agencies when requested.
Crockett was not trained in police work at the time of purchase. Crockett and Officer Ross participated in over 2 months of daily training during which they obtained certification under United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) standards. Crockett is certified in the areas of: obedience, agility, article search, open searches, box searches, building searches, man tracking, criminal apprehension (with or without gunfire), and handler protection. Crockett is also certified in the detection of controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
As part of continuing training and certification, Crockett and Officer Ross must train monthly to maintain the stringent USPCA standards.
The K9 Unit is funded in large part by the Special Drug Fund which is comprised of drug fines and forteitures. The K9 program has been very successful and has resulted in numerous drug related arrests of several criminal suspects.
K9 "Bo", a labrador who was trained in drug detection, retired in 2004.
K9 Axle, a German Shepherd, served from 2004-2012.