The mission of the Kilgore Police Department Canine Unit is to provide a trained police canine to assist in the prevention and detection of crimes, locating persons sought by the police, the promotion of a favorable public image of the police department, and for such other duties as may be directed by the administration of the Kilgore Police Department.
The Canine Unit endeavors to provide year round, 24 hour availability of a police canine in order to meet the needs of citizens and law enforcement personnel. Enhancing department community relations as well as officer safety and productivity are key objectives of the canine unit mission. Through training and education, the canine unit seeks continued self-improvement and an increasing involvement in the community law enforcement effort.
Officer Brady Middlebrooks has been employed with the Kilgore Police Department since April 2000. Officer Middlebrooks has been assigned to the Kilgore Police Department K-9 Unit since November 2005. From November 2005 through February 2012, Officer Middlebrooks handled K-9 Jeroen, who was a dual purpose canine trained in narcotics detection, police patrol, and tracking. K-9 handler Middlebrooks currently works with K-9 Marco, an 18 month old German Shepard from the Czech Republic, who was purchased from World Wide Canine, Inc. in Spring Branch, Tx. Marco is a dual purpose Patrol Service Dog. He is trained illegal narcotics detection, obedience, criminal apprehension, tracking, building searches, area searches, and evidence recovery. Marco and K-9 handler Middlebrooks are currently certified through the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association in the detection of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Marco and Middlebrooks are currently assigned to the N-1 Patrol night shift.
Officer B.J. Burns has been employed with the Kilgore Police Department since December 2007. Officer Burns has been assigned to the patrol unit for the past 4 years and assigned to the KPD K-9 Unit since January 2011. Officer Burns received KPD K-9 Jinto, a one and a half year old Belgian Malinois after he was purchased from the Four Winds Police Dog Center in Geffen, The Netherlands in February 2011. Jinto is a dual purpose Patrol Service Dog trained in both illegal narcotics detection and patrol duties. Jinto and K-9 handler Burns are currently certified through the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association in the detection of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Jinto and K-9 handler Burns’ patrol duties include criminal apprehension, handler protection, scent and discriminate tracking, evidence recovery and public demonstrations. In Jinto’s short career, he has already been credited with locating illegal narcotics, stolen property and assisting in the arrest of felonious suspects. Jinto and K-9 handler Burns are currently assigned to the N-2 night shift.
K9 Jeroen, a longtime member and senior police officer of the Kilgore Police Department, passed away February 15, 2012, due to a medical issue. K9 Jeroen had served the Kilgore Police Department since 2004 as a member of the Patrol Division. Jeroen unselfishly served the Citizens of Kilgore with honor and devotion and will be greatly missed.