The Fredericksburg Police Department canine program consists of three teams trained in patrol utility functions such as obedience, tracking/trailing, article searches, area searches, building searches, apprehension, and narcotics detection. The team combines a human's intelligence with a canine's superior scenting abilities to locate people and evidence while assisting with the seizure of illegal drugs. They regularly train and certify each year through the Virginia Police Canine Association.
Officer Carr and K9 Roxy
Officer Carr has 16 years of law enforcement experience. He started his law enforcement career in 2005 in Northern Virginia and always aimed to become a canine handler. The Fredericksburg Police Department hired Officer Carr in August 2017. After spending three years on patrol, Officer Carr pursued his passion and became a canine handler. Officer Carr partnered with K9 Roxy in 2021 and graduated from canine school in January 2022. K9 Roxy is a Belgian Malinois and originates from Slovakia. You will likely see Officer Carr and K9 Roxy training or casually walking around Fredericksburg.
Officer Murphy and K9 Raider
Officer Murphy has four years of experience in law enforcement. Officer Murphy started his professional career by completing four years in the United States Marine Corps. The Fredericksburg Police Department hired Officer Murphy in December 2018. After working in patrol for three years, he decided to transition into a specialty and became a canine handler. In 2022, Officer Murphy was partnered with K9 Raider and graduated from canine school in July of the same year. K9 Raider originates from Hungary. He is a German Shepard + Belgian Malinois mix. When not training, seeking out illicit drugs, locating evidence, or tracking bad guys, K9 Raider enjoys spending time with Ofc. Murphy chasing balls, finding sticks to chew, or barking at wildlife.
Officer Rusk and K9 Rudi
Officer Rusk has five years of experience in law enforcement. Officer Rusk started his professional career by completing eight years in the United States Marine Corps. Officer Rusk then transitioned to the United States National Guard, serving in a reserve capacity. The Fredericksburg Police Department hired Officer Rusk in March 2018. After working in patrol for four years, he transitioned his talents and became a canine handler. In 2022, Officer Rusk was partnered with K9 Rudi and graduated from canine school in December of the same year. K9 Rudi originates from Poland. When not working hard on patrol, K9 Raider enjoys quiet moments outside while watching over his handler, who enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.