K-9 Unit

The La Porte Police Department’s K-9 Unit currently has 2 certified teams and is overseen by the Patrol Division. K-9 teams are assigned to each of the 3 patrol shifts, as needed, which gives the city and department 24-hour coverage.

Each canine possess individual certifications which enable the unit to perform various duties related to detecting narcotic odors, tracking suspects, and locating missing persons.

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K-9 Unit Teams


Each team remains active within the City of La Porte and also provides their services for outside law enforcement agencies upon request. The teams are composed of:
  • 1st team: Patrol Officer Barry Groaning and German Shepherd "Huligan”
  • 2nd team: Patrol Officer Michael Harness and Belgian Malinois "Sylvester".