The LaGrange Police Department’s Canine Unit is comprised of highly trained canine teams. Each team consists of a handler and the canine. A team is assigned to each of the four patrol shifts to provide 24 hour canine coverage. Canine teams are trained in narcotics detection and patrol activities, therefore canine teams typically respond to burglaries or alarms to search the building for possible or known suspects, or assist LaGrange Police officers or other agencies in apprehending fleeing or hiding suspects. Canine teams are frequently called upon to search residences or vehicles for illegal drugs. In addition, canine teams participate in public safety presentations to help educate the public regarding the canine capabilities and to deter illegal activity.