The Nevada Department of Public Safety is aware of significant public interest in one of the Department’s working canines. The Department deeply values our canines, who are not only highly trained but also fundamental to our mission. Therefore, we will clarify the canine mission and their role within the Department.
Canines are purchased with state funds and remain property of the State of Nevada until such time as they are unable to perform their mission as determined by certification testing, health, or legal determination.
Canine Handlers are volunteers who understand that they are selected for their desire to provide continuous intensive attention, periodic independent qualification, and quantitative positive performance throughout the canine’s service career. Canines are not up for adoption while still qualified for active service in the Department, nor do they become property of the handler based on tenure of assignment.
If the Department identifies issues concerning the environment, handling, training, and/or productivity of one of our working canines, it is imperative that corrective action be taken. Proper training and supervision are vital for maintaining the advanced skills required of law enforcement canines. Reassignment of handlers and canines is a common practice in law enforcement, ensuring that these skilled animals remain healthy and productive in their complex roles.
In a recent case, a canine who remains a state-funded member of the Nevada Department of Public Safety was reassigned from her handler for cause. That canine is now in a secure and nurturing setting. The canine’s abilities and official certification are being re-evaluated. The best interest of the canine is always the Department’s priority.
An internal administrative review of this matter is currently ongoing. At this juncture, we are unable to provide more details.