The Austin ISD Police Department's K-9 Unit was established in 2000 with one single narcotics detection canine, "Buddy", who retired in 2011. Since then, the K-9 Division has grown to three narcotics detection teams, and one explosives detection team.
The K-9s and their handlers live and work together and regularly appear at civic organizations and visit campuses to educate and demonstrate their abilities to students. These special teams also provide patrol support for athletic and special events. Each team goes through a certification process twice a year, and train on a weekly basis.
To schedule a canine presentation or demonstration for your organization or campus, please call AISD Police at (512) 414-1703, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Officer Rocco” is a nine year old male Golden Retriever that joined the Department in October 2009. Rocco is trained to detect the odor of illegal narcotics and nitrates. Rocco’s handler is Officer Anthony Andrew, who has been with the Department since July 2003. Rocco just recently retired from service, and is now living at home with Officer Andrew. The Department will be looking to swear in a new narcotics detection canine in the Summer of 2017.
“Officer Hulk” is a seven year old Yellow Labrador Retriever that joined the Department in December 2012. Hulk is trained to detect the odor of illegal narcotics and nitrates. Hulk's handler is Officer JD Yoder, who has been with the Department since July 2013. They are assigned to the day patrol shift.
"Officer Lucca" is a two year old female Golden Retriever that joined the department in the Winter of 2017, making her the newest canine on the team. Lucca is trained in the detection of illegal narcotics. Lucca's handler is Officer Daryl Seagrave, who has been with the department since January 2015. They are currently assigned to the day patrol shift.
"Officer Thunder" is a four year old male Black Labrador Retreiver that joined the department in the Summer of 2016. Thunder is trained in the detection of explosives and explosive components. Thunder's handler is Det. Alex Phillips, who has been with the department since April 2002. Det. Phillips is also a part of the Criminal Investigations Division.