K-9 Police Officer

What Does A K-9 Police Officer Do?

Police officers (in general) enforce laws by patrolling particular areas, respond to emergencies, collecting evidence related to crimes, and testifying in court (along with doing many other things). A K-9 officer performs work with a dog including locating people, weapons, and drugs (among other things).

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How Do I Become A K-9 Police Officer?

Educational requirements for becoming a police officer may vary by geographic area. A high school diploma or equivalent is required to obtain this position. Graduating from an agency police academy is also often required. Completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field will definitely help one to move up within a police department.

What is the Average Salary For A K-9 Police Officer?

High – 101,000
Median – 61,000
Low – 34,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A K-9 Police Officer?

  • English – As much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Government
  • Psychology
  • Foreign Languages

What Is The Work Environment For A K-9 Police Officer?

Police officers work for any level of the government. These jobs can be extremely stressful and potentially life threatening at times. They may require long hours and working nights, weekends, and holidays.

What Is The Future Outlook For A K-9 Police Officer?

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Because there aren’t many K-9 positions, these positions will be more difficult to obtain.


  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada