The Cameron County Sheriff's Department Canine Unit was established in 2002 and its mission is to provide trained police canine teams to assist in the prevention and detection of crime, to locate persons sought by the police, to promote a favorable public image of the Department and to carry out other duties as may be directed by the Canine Sergeant or the Department.
This includes, but is not limited to the enforcement of all applicable laws to help insure the safety of the citizens within Cameron County. The Patrol K9 Unit's main responsibility is to support the backbone of Cameron County Sheriff's Department - the Patrol Division. Patrol K9 teams are assigned their own vehicles, which require the Deputies and dogs to remain together at all times. The deputies also have kennels at their residences so they can care for their K9 partners while off duty. When on duty, Patrol K9 teams remain in the County on patrol until they are called to assist patrol deputies. Typically the K9 teams are used to locate suspects who have fled the scene of a crime, but on occasion are requested to search for missing individuals and evidence. One of the K9 teams is also SWAT certified and deploys for all SWAT related incidents.