Public Safety

K-9 Division

The Lawrence Police Department Canine Unit is an important part of the Lawrence Police Department.  A canine team is comprised of a police officer and a highly trained police service dog.  A canine team is trained in patrol duties and narcotics detection.  The canine team is often called to a wide variety of incidents. Burglary, vehicle theft, or a suspect fleeing a police officer are common tasks assigned to a canine team.

The canine unit is comprised of five dog teams. Lawrence Police Department canine teams receive their initial training and monthly in-service training from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

Rest In Peace: Canine Max served the Lawrence Police Department for 7 and 1/2 years and has come to his end of watch. Below is is biography and a photo of Canine Max in his handler’s police commission.

Bio: Canine Max joined the department 7 and 1/2 years ago. He completed narcotics detection training with the North American Police Dog Association and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. Canine Max is a 6 year old black and tan German Shepherd. Max was born on July 4, 2007. Max and his handler are responsible for locating narcotics while working for the Lawrence Police Department. Max and his handler conduct demonstrations during the annual Public Safety Day and National Night Out.

Canine Yanc is a German Shepherd, was born in the Czech Republic.  Yanc assisted the Marion County Drug task force locating 30 lbs. marijuana in 2010.  In 2009, he apprehended one of Crime Stoppers most wanted felons.

Canine Jase is a black and sable German Shepherd. He was born in the Czech Republic in June of 2013.  Canine Jase joined the Lawrence Police Department in August of 2014.  Jase has completed training with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.  Jase is a dual purpose dog, who continues to excel in patrol duties and narcotics detection.  In Jase’s new career as a K-9, he has conducted several searches and successfully located fleeing suspects.

Canine Rudy is a Belgian Malinois born on June 28, 2006. Rudy came to the Lawrence Police Department in 2008. Rudy was taught to track and apprehend fleeing suspects, protect his handler from harm, and detect narcotics. Rudy is also trained to locate evidence.  As a team, Rudy and his handler have made many apprehensions of fleeing felons and assisted officers with narcotics searches. Rudy and his handler conduct demonstrations during the annual Public Safety Day and National Night Out.

Canine Sorbon is a German Shepherd, who was born in Czech Republic in 2012.  Canine Sorbon has also recently joined the Lawrence Police Department in August of 2014.  Along with other canines with the City of Lawrence Police Department, Sorbon has completed training with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.  Sorbon is a dual purpose dog who has great endurance and agility.

The following canines have retired from the Lawrence Police Department.

K9 Marco
K9 Kent
K9 Roccy
K9 Dajak
K9 Baas
K9 Dany
K9 Max