Arlington Police Department currently has two canines, Oso and Tara, who are drug detection dogs. Handlers are trained to work with their canine partners and provide for their care and feeding. Both the handlers and their dogs go through extensive training to ensure they are both prepared to handle the work conditions they face. Because of their work ethic and commitment to public safety, both the handlers and their police dogs are prepared to be on-call whenever their services are needed.

Benefits of a K-9 Officer

These K-9 police units provide many benefits to the community. They help prevent crime, keep communities safe, and add tremendous value to police departments. K-9 police units are critical to police work in small towns, where the number of sworn officers is small and the areas to be covered are very large. They are also important in strengthening the relationship between police departments and the community they are protecting. In the long-term, K-9 police units are a wise investment for community police departments. They bring invaluable and much needed assets to departments and are hardworking, even in challenging physical conditions. With their sniffers being 700 times more sensitive than a human's, they are crucial in locating illegal drugs that are hidden on persons, personal possessions, or vehicles.

Funding the Program

The start-up cost of introducing a K-9 police unit into a community is approximately $15,000, while costs are relatively low to maintain them. The average work life of a K-9 police unit is between 8 to 9 years.

Arlington’s K-9 program is currently funded entirely through community support, donations and partnerships. Your contribution to support Arlington's K-9 program is greatly appreciated. Donations can be made online, in person at the Arlington Police Department during business hours, or visit one of our listed community partners and contribute to Pennies for Puppies.

Pennies for Puppies

Donations to Snohomish County K-9 programs, including Arlington's, can be made through Pennies for Puppies. We greatly appreciate your support of this important program!

Donations are accepted at the following locations:

  • Ellie's at the Airport
  • 7-Eleven
  • Rocket Alley
  • Rex's Rentals
  • Blue Bird Cafe
  • Pawsitively Styling
  • Arlington Co-op
  • Arlington Health Foods
  • Arlington Police Department

Downtown 7-Eleven Donates to Arlington K-9 Program

The City of Arlington has received a generous donation from our local 7-Eleven store on West Avenue to support the Arlington Police Department K-9 program. The $300 donation was hand delivered to Public Safety Director Bruce Stedman and will help offset some of the costs in bringing Arlington's newest drug detection dog Tara on board. Thank you, 7-Eleven!

Photo Gallery

View images of our current and past K-9 officers in our photo gallery