The Mission of the Police K-9 Association

The Police K-9 Association was established in 1985, shortly after the start of the K-9 Unit. Original founding members created bylaws. These were created by K-9 handlers, for K-9 handlers. The Police K-9 Association was created to help get the equipment, training needed to be a successful K-9 team. There is costs in starting and maintaining a successful K-9 program. City and county financial expenses often cut out needed equipment, to maintain policing in other areas. That is where the Police K-9 Association assists these agencies.

We help offset the cost in training, equipment, and medical needs of both active, and retired K-9’s.

The Police K-9 Association assists K-9 handlers from about 20 police and sheriff departments. We continue to grow, as the need for K-9’s continues to increase; so does our responsibility to support these new K-9 teams.

Our board members are made up of K-9 handlers from different agencies.

  • President: Chris Heslop from Canton PD.
  • Vice President: Lt. Karl Milam from Cambridge PD.
  • Treasure: Ryan Davis from Canton PD
  • Secretary: Sgt. Mike Pierce from New Philadelphia PD.