The Wadesboro Police Department currently has one working police canine and a sworn law enforcement officer, who serves as a handler for Canine Iwan.


Iwan is a 6 year old Belgian Malinois born in Holland. Iwan “immigrated” to the United States when he was 2 years old to undergo police specific training at Enforcement K-9 in Wilmington, N.C. He even has his own passport! After his training, the Wadesboro Police Department employed Iwan when he was 3 years old and he has dutifully served the Town of Wadesboro ever since.


For over a month, Iwan and his handler have both trained and lived together full-time perfecting the necessary skills to be a productive unit for the Wadesboro Police Department. Iwan is classified as a multi-purpose dog because he is trained to handle several different scenarios, including drug searches, human tracking for missing persons or suspects, article searches, building searches, perimeter security, and suspect apprehension. Iwan is able to detect the odor of marijuana, crack/cocaine, amphetamines and heroin.  In fact one of the only skills Iwan is not trained in is explosive detection. Over the past three years, Iwan has been instrumental in locating countless illegal drugs and money, missing persons and fleeing suspects, as well as preventing the escape of wanted fugitives and offenders.


Each month, Iwan and his handler undergo hours of training to ensure that both handler and canine are performing at their best. Canine handlers are presented with a wide range of situations each and every day which test the handler and canine’s knowledge, patience and character. The expectation is that the handler will use good judgment, caution and common sense at all times when performing their duties as a canine handler.  A properly trained K-9 Team gives the police department an invaluable non-lethal option to assist in the enforcement and prevention of crimes and victimizations.


The bond that forms between handler and canine is without equal. Each day while on-duty they work together and protect one another, and when off-duty they live together, train together and relax together, thus permitting a bond that is rarely experienced by others.


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