- To reduce the injuries to law enforcement officers resulting from criminal attacks by a timely response to incidents that manifest high officer hazards, as well as potential serious injuries to suspects as a result of their combative behavior.
- To reduce the manpower needed to thoroughly search a building or structure.
- To reduce the time spent conducting the search of a building or structure.
- To assist in the apprehension of suspects; when appropriate, assist officers in investigations where controlled substances or marijuana are believed to be involved.
- To deter aggression against officers during lawful arrest
- To operate as a support unit responsible for providing effective general and specialized law enforcement services to the community.
- When possible, the canine team should make every effort to provide 24-hour-a-day emergency call-out availability.
- Conduct building searches.
- Conduct searches for suspects and/or evidence.
- Provide for the timely response to crimes in progress and officer assistance calls.
- Render assistance to outside agencies on approval of the on-duty sergeant, or officer in charge (OIC). Protect peace officers and citizens from acts of violence.
- Provide assistance in any situation where the canine team’s capabilities can be effectively utilized.