The Town of Kent Police K-9 unit consists of K-9 “Radar”, a Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd mix and his handler Sgt. Alex VanderWoude. Radar started with the department in March of 2013 and was purchased from Connecticut K9 Services by a member of the community. Radar and Sgt. VanderWoude completed a 16 week DCJS approved patrol school with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department followed by a 6 week DCJS Narcotics Detection school with the Yonkers Police Department. Radar has been trained and certified by DCJS in Obedience, Tracking, Article Searches, Handler Protection/Criminal Apprehension, and Narcotics Detection. To date Radar has assisted the department and surrounding communities with locating stolen property, tracking missing children and criminal suspects and detecting narcotics.
In 2014 the United States Police Canine Association generously donated a ballistic K9 vest to the Kent Police to assist in keeping Radar safe.