Canine Unit

The Westland Police Department currently fields two canine teams:

  •  Officer Derek Trosper with his partner "Rio".
  • Officer Andrew Teschendorf with his partner "Odin".

They have both been in service since 2020.

Fully Trained

Both canine officers are a fully trained, multi-purpose German Shepherds and are certified through the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers (NAPCH) and K-9 ATF.  They are trained in:

  • Area Searches
  • Building Searches
  • Evidence Searches
  • Handler Protection
  • Narcotic Detection
  • Obedience
  • Tracking
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Training Academy

Prior to certification with NAPCH and K-9 ATF, Our K-9 officers are required to complete a four-month training academy with their canine partners. The teams are required to pass an extensive certification course as part of this training. The canine teams continue to train weekly to maintain their skills. Weekly training consists of life-like scenarios that officers may come across while on patrol.

Public Demonstrations

Our K-9 teams are available for public demonstrations with schools, churches, or other community groups. If you have any questions about the canine program or would like to request a demonstration please contact Deputy Chief Brian Miller at 734-467-3529.