In 2019, Rockford K9's were deployed 858 times. 

This is how they made your family safer:

  • Participated in 1,218 traffic stops resulting in 296 vehicle sniffs

  • Apprehended 35 fleeing/hidden suspects

  • Performed 52 evidence searches and recovered 24 items

  • Seized 11 guns

  • Seized $4,869 in U.S. currency

  • Seized approximately 3,047 grams of drugs

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K9 police officers work closely with their dogs to enforce laws and apprehend criminals. An assignment to the K9 unit requires special skill and an added commitment of training and caring for the K9 partner.  Our K9 officers work and live with their dogs so that training is continuous and ongoing.  A K9's career typically lasts until they are about eight years old.  After retirement, they live out their lives as a much-loved friend and pet to the officer's family.  Learn more about the K9 teams  who are selected for this coveted position.  

Friends of Rockford Police K9 is a non-profit 501(c)(3) which exists to support the expansion and maintenance of the City of Rockford Police Department K9 Unit.  The funds we raise are integral to the development of some of the country's most talented police canine teams, including canine acquisition, best-in-class training, specialized equipment and vehicles, and ongoing support.  Friends of Rockford Police K9 works to educate the community about the value and effectiveness of using dogs in police work.