The HTPD K9 unit was established in 2012 and originally consisted of 4 officers. Today the team consists of 4 officers and K9s, a number which allows the team to provide 24/7 coverage to Haverford Township. The Haverford Police K-9 Unit operates within the Patrol Division of the police department. These teams are certified in narcotics detection and patrol related activities.
K9 Axel, a Belgian Malinois, was born in Holland in 2014. He was acquired by the HTPD in 2015 and is partnered with Officer McDermott. K9 Axel received his initial training at Shallows Creek Kennels and is dual trained in patrol related activities & narcotics detection. As Axel has mature over the years, he really enjoys the meet and greets while on duty! When not at work, Axel loves playing in his background yard with his family.
K9 Barr, a German Shepherd, was born in the Czech Republic in 2012. He was acquired by the HTPD in May of 2013 and is partnered with Ofc. Valvardi. K9 Barr received his initial training at Castle K9 in Mechanicsburg, PA. Barr is certified through the North American police working dog association, and is trained in patrol work and narcotics detection. He loves conducting narcotic searches of vehicles. When not at work, Barr loves to sit down with a large variety of chew toys and pull them out one by one from his play box.
K9 Barr retired after 9 years of service on 11/10/2022. Thank you for your service Barr! Enjoy retirement.
K9 Bodhi, a Belgian Malinois, was born in Poland in 2019. He was acquired by the HTPD in 2021 and is partnered with Ofc.McLaughlin. K9 Bodhi received his initial training at Shallows Creek Kennel and is trained in dual purpose-patrol and narcotics detection. Bodhi loves to train and play fetch. When not at work, Bodhi loves going for runs and swimming at the beach.
K9 Jango, a cross of German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois, was born in Czechoslovakia in 2012. He was acquired by the HTPD in 2013 and is partnered with Ofc. Linker. K9 Jango received his initial training at Castle K9 in Mechanicsburg PA and is trained in Patrol & Narcotics. Jango loves to get out and work any task that requires him to search and find persons and/or items. At home Jango loves to relax and run the fence line with the neighbor's dog.
K9 Winnie, a black Labrador Retriever, was born 3/7/21. She was acquired from Pacific Coast K9 in 2023 and is partnered with Ofc. Patterson. K9 Winnie graduated the Iron Rose K9 academy June 2023 and is trained in single purpose narcotics detection. While at work she loves to use her nose and play hide and seek. K9 Winnie especially loves to play fetch and swim in the water on her days off.