The Kissimmee Police Department has two Canine Teams. Officer Ford and his canine Dangen and Officer Strickland and his canine Daman. Canine Dangen is a German Shepard and canine Daman is a Belgian Malinios/Shepard. Each team is certified in obedience, tracking, protection, apprehension, and narcotics. One of the teams work night shift and the other works during daytime hours.
The team’s responsibilities are to provide back up for officers on patrol, be available for narcotic searches on vehicles and track felony suspects. They also are responsible for conducting building and area searches, apprehending felony suspects and keeping other officers out of immediate danger.
Another function of the team is community relations. They take part in several demonstrations each month, mostly at schools, but also for the general public. Through the demonstrations the teams promote the necessity of the Canine Unit and the dangers of drugs in the community. To request a canine demonstration, send an e-mail the public information officer.
Both canines are relatively new members of the Kissimmee Police Department. Dangen started his patrol career in 2010 and Daman 2017. They were required to complete more than 900 hours of State-mandated training before being released on street patrol.