K-9 Division

group K9Dual Purpose Patrol Dogs

The Valparaiso Police Department currently utilizes six K-9 teams. All dogs are trained in narcotic detection, tracking, evidence location, handler protection, and suspect apprehension.  Each K-9 team participates in numerous weeks of training throughout each year and are certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association. Since the establishment of the program, the K-9 teams have contributed to numerous narcotic arrests and apprehension of subjects through their tracking skills.

Each K-9 is a sworn member of the police department and lives with the officer and their family. Constant attention is given to the health and care of the department’s dogs. 

 Annual K-9 Race

The next annual K-9 race will be Friday, May 19, 2023 at Central Park Plaza. The junior police fun run starts at 5:30, the run at 6:00, and the dog walk at 6:15 p.m. Pre-register online at www.runsignup.com until 8 a.m. May 19, 2023.

5K competitive run (all ages) and 1 mile walk (ages 13 and older)- $25

Children 12 and under (1 mile walk only)- $15

NEW: Jr. police run (un-timed fun run for younger children, T-shirt included)- $15

Race day registration: $30 (run and walk) at Central Park Plaza 

Moisture wicking shirts guaranteed to all runners and walkers pre-registered before 5/10/23

Applications can be picked up at the Valparaiso Police Department


 For more information contact Sgt. Todd Kobitz at tkobitz@valpopd.com.

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Click here to view the K-9's in training.