The K-9 Unit was created as a proactive measure to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors to campus. Since September 11, 2001, UT Administrators have tried to provide for better public safety by changing procedures concerning how large gatherings are handled. The university felt that an explosive-detecting dog would be a valuable addition to the security of the campus since we are a venue for many large sporting events, concerts and other public gatherings.
The K-9 Unit enables UTPD to sweep for explosives before events begin and will help provide the public with a little more peace of mind.
Each canine and their handler completed five weeks of training at Global Training Academy, a world recognized K-9 training facility in Somerset, Texas. Spike and Maatje are certified in explosive recognition and patrol.
Officer Taylor and Spike
In February 2010, UTPD welcomed Spike to the department. Officer Jason Taylor serves as Spike's handler.
Sgt. Stock and Maatje
In January 2005, UTPD welcomed its second canine, Maatje. Sgt. Robert Stock serves as Maatje’s handler and joined UTPD in 2001.