K9 Unit

The Roswell Police Department K9 Unit features four trained handlers and four trained and certified dogs who work assigned shifts, as well as respond at other times when needed. The K9 Unit is an integral part of the battle against illegal drugs, which are connected to many violent offenses. The unit has made a significant impact since the program was re-established in May 2020.

These dogs' primary function is narcotics detection, but they are also trained for tracking of criminal suspects and missing persons.

The division personnel and dogs are K9 Officer Ashley Wood and K9 Auda (a German Shepherd), K9 Officer Cody Schwartz and K9 Elon (a Dutch Shepherd), K9 Officer Joel Juarez and K9 Kazan (a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix), K9 Sgt. Jeff Prince and K9 Tauron (a Belgian Malinois) and K9 Coordinator Lt. Chris Bradley.

From approximately the late 1990s to the late 2000s, RPD had K9s at various times, including two narcotics-detection dogs that were eventually retired. Two other dogs were used primarily for tracking and detaining fleeing suspects. Those dogs were also retired following their service in the department. The 2020 re-establishment of the K9 Unit came after several years when RPD did not have such an asset.

Read more about the K9 Unit in the City Services Blog. 

  1. Police Department

    Physical Address
    128 W Second Street
    Roswell, NM 88201

    Phone: : (575) 624-6770
    Emergency Phone: : 911

Hear more about the K9 unit in this video as Chief Smith discusses our division. 

K9 Unit Photos