Housed within the Specialized Patrol Division, the Goodyear Police Department K9 Unit currently consists of three police service dog teams. In addition to assisting with normal patrol duties, the K9 Unit is frequently called upon to assist other officers on all types of searches. The three dogs are trained in the detection of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. In addition, one team specializes in SWAT operations. They may be used in vehicle and foot pursuits to locate fleeing suspects and for containment. They also conduct demonstrations within the community for schools, community groups, and service clubs.
All the Goodyear K9s are Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah). The Malinois is the short-coated variety of the Belgian Shepherd Dog. In the United States, they have been shown as a separate breed since 1959. Dogs are 24 to 26 inches at the shoulder and weigh 60 to 80 pounds. This is a “high energy” breed, doing best when it has a definite purpose in life. It is generally not a dog for the novice dog owner, while it is extremely trainable, it does not do well with poor or insufficient training.