K9 units are incredibly effective police tools for protection and detection as well as community relations. Having a workable practice and policy for your K9 unit, whether it consists of one team or many, is critical to the smooth operation of the unit as well as essential in today’s political environment. With the increasing number of profit motive lawsuits, every agency must have appropriate policies and procedures in place to effectively address these issues. Whether you have a long standing K9 unit or are planning on adding a K9 unit to your agency, understandable and usable policy and procedures are a must. Ms. Norton, a 25+ year veteran prosecutor, is available to assist agencies and their partners in reviewing existing policies and practices, promulgating new policies and practices and providing ways to improve record keeping regarding the certification and training of the K9 teams so that they are as effective as possible against meritless and expensive lawsuits. Being prepared for a lawsuit before it happens is the best insurance. Sign up today as a member and/or send an email to Ms. Norton to request assistance in these areas.