The Savannah State University Department of Public Safety is equipped with a dynamic canine that is utilized to maximize the detection of narcotics in the campus community. The team is a law enforcement officer and a dog, that conducts searches in response to inspecting areas that could be contaminated with drugs. The K9 handler is on call 24/7 and K9 handling duties are in addition to current patrol assignments.

K9 team searching through stadium seating

Once a team successfully completes the training, they are certified by the  Georgia Emergency Management Agency(GEMA). GEMA schedules additional training throughout the year and mandates that each team gets re-certified annually.

The SSUPD K9 duo works with other agencies throughout the region to improve their skills and introduce the K9 to different environments. Training with other agencies and in different environments allow the SSUPD K9 duo to develop good working relationships in the possibility they are called on to assist during an emergency.