The primary mission of the K-9 Team is to provide assistance and support to other emergency personnel during incidents that may be beyond the scope of normal police training and capability. These incidents may include, but are not limited to, Building searches, Searches for suspects or missing persons, Handler protection, Detection of explosives/nitrates as well as the Detection of certain controlled substances to include cocaine, heroin, marijuana and methamphetamines.
The White Plains Police Canine Unit utilizes handler-controlled deployment. This deployment technique is safer for the officers, the canine, the suspect, and anyone else who may be in the search area. When tactically deployed White Plains Police canines will engage and hold a suspect unless they receive a command from their handler to do otherwise. White Plains Police canines are kept in sight as long as it is tactically safe to do so, and the canines are always under voice control.
Department K-9 Teams will be used only for such functions for which they have been trained and demonstrated proficiency. The manner and methods of K-9 use will be determined by the K-9 Handler in accordance with his or her training, experience, and sound judgment.