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K-9 Unit
The St. Charles Sheriff's Office Canine Unit is supervised by Lt. Jason
Guidry who oversees the day to day operations and training of  canine handlers.   The photo at right is Canine Rossi who is trained in Explosives Detection and Criminal Apprehension. 
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The St. Charles Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit is a sub-section of the patrol division.  The unit is comprised of three officers who handle 6 canines.   

The canine team’s primary function is to assist members of the Sheriff’s Office in apprehending dangerous suspects and to create a safe environment for the public and the Deputies that proudly serve. A canine has up to 300 million scent receptors in the nose versus 5 million in humans.    That, along with their acute hearing,  makes the K-9 a  vital asset to the Sheriff’s Office and the community they serve.

The Canine Unit is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to respond and assist patrol operations, detective functions as well as SWAT missions. In addition to assisting in apprehending dangerous suspects and protecting the handler, a Police Canine is often called upon to help locate narcotics or evidence such as a weapon or other items either discarded or hidden by suspects.
 
When not working, the K-9 lives at home with the handler. This is beneficial for both the canine and the handler as it strengthens the bond between them. The handler cares for the canine on a day to day basis in regards to feeding, cleaning, exercise, medical care, training, and socializing. This also enables the Canine Team to respond to a critical incident call with a prompt response time.

In St. Charles Parish, police canines are commissioned, and protected under Louisiana Statute 14:102.8 – Injuring or killing of a police animal – a felony which is punishable by imprisonment and fines.   This law also states that the convicted person must make restitution to the agency suffering a financial loss due to death or injury of a police animal


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