The Colorado State Patrol Canine Unit is an extension of the Investigative Service Section. The primary goal of the canine unit is to aggressively work criminal interdiction. In particular the canine unit places its enforcement efforts on interstate highways and works with local troop offices to reduce motor vehicle drug trafficking.
Members of the canine unit are strategically assigned throughout the state. There is one canine handler and dog in each district with the State Patrol. The members of the canine unit are subject to call, but the unit's primary responsibility is to assist other state troopers with search requests.
The canine unit is funded by Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA) and works closely with other local drug task forces within the state of Colorado. The State Patrol Canine Unit also works with surrounding states, such as Utah and Wyoming in deterring/apprehending people who traffic drugs across our nation's state and federal highways.
The members of the canine unit and their dogs have completed the Basic United States Customs Drug Detector Canine Training Course. Each canine is certified to detect marijuana, cocaine, hashish, heroin and all of their derivatives. The basic course is an eleven-week program.