Duties & Responsibilities
Liberal Police Department's Canine Unit utilizes a highly trained police
canine to assist in a variety of specialized and often dangerous
PSD (Patrol Service Dog) Rex is a Belgium
Malinois and he has proven to be an extremely valuable resource in the
effective investigation and suppression of criminal activity. He also
has served as an effective training tool to help teach children to
resist drugs and violence.
PSD Rex is assigned to Corporal Chris Head and as team they work on a patrol shift. They are also on-call and available for use by the Patrol Division, Special Response Team, special projects, drug investigations, as well as being regularly utilized by surrounding law enforcement agencies.
Rex is a duel purpose dog. This means he is utilized for the detection of illegal drugs, as well as patrol functions including:
Building and open field searches
High risk criminal apprehensions
Searching for discarded evidence
Tracking of fleeing criminals or lost persons
In order to be a certified K9 team, Corporal Head and PSD Rex attended the Kansas Highway Patrol K9 Academy in 2011. After completing the academy, the 2 still maintain a rigorous training schedule to ensure top performance from both K9, and handler.