The Victoria Police Department (VPD) K-9 Unit started with one K-9 and his handler in 1992. The first K-9, "Brix," was personally owned by one of the officers and served through 1993. Twelve K-9s have served the VPD over all these years. During this time, the VPD K-9s have included six German Shepherds and six Belgian Malinois.
Currently there are two K-9s working for the VPD and both are Belgian Malinois. The first K-9 began serving with his handler in November 2015. The second K-9 began serving with his handler in July 2018. They are "Nero" who is teamed up with SPO Troy Gilliam and "Ayax" who works with his handler, SPO Jose Trejo.
The VPD thanks the Victoria 100 Club for the purchase of "Nero." We would also like to thank the Victoria Lions Club and Victoria Crime Stoppers for the purchase of "Ayax."
The VPD K-9s and their handlers have a wide variety of duties including but not limited to:
Subject to 24 hour callout
Conduct building searches for offenders in hiding
Assist in the arrest or prevent the escape of serious or violent offenders
Protect officers or others from death or serious bodily injury
Area searches to locate suspects or lost or missing persons
Detection of hidden instruments or evidence of a crime
Detect the presence of narcotics
Establish probable cause for a search warrant
Assist with the execution of a search warrant
Community relations / policing demonstrations for the public