The Westland Police Department currently fields two canine teams, Officer Michael Little with his partner "Hemi" and Officer Derek Trosper with his partner "Narco". Canine Narco has been in service since 2012 while Canine Hemi was just acquired in 2014.
Both Canines are fully trained, multi-purpose German Shepherds and are certified through the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers (NAPCH) and K-9 ATF. Hemi and Narco are trained in obedience, narcotic detection, building searches, evidence searches, area searches, tracking, and handler protection.
Prior to certification with NAPCH and K-9 ATF, Officer Little and Officer Trosper were required to complete a four month training academy with their canine partners. Each team was required to pass an extensive certification course as part of this training. Each canine team continues to train weekly to maintain their skills. Weekly training consists of life-like scenarios which officers may come across while on patrol.
Officer Little and Officer Trosper along with their canine partners are available for public demonstrations with schools, churches or other community groups. If you have any questions about the canine program or would like to request a demonstration please contact Deputy Chief Brian Miller at (734)467-3529