A lot of alarming crimes kept area human law enforcement officers busy last year, but humans aren’t the only crime-fighting species in Guilford County. 

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department often calls on help from its K-9 unit, which is a fancy way of saying dog unit.  Though the K-9 agents don’t speak the language – nor do they accept payment for their work – in 2020, they were a valuable asset to the department

The Guilford County Sheriff’s Department has released a report on the contributions of the department’s most adorable agents, and it turns out that the dogs were as busy as bees last year.

In fact, in 2020, the Sherriff’s Department’s K-9 unit added three new handlers and two new dogs.

 According to the report, the department’s  K-9 unit is consistently recognized as one of the top units in the state. Also, the unit receives calls for assistance for both operations and training from agencies across the state.

“Our K-9 units have responded to assist agencies as far away as Nash County. This is a reflection of the high quality of training and operational readiness our K-9 Deputies and Dogs maintain,” the report reads.

The K-9 Unit is one of the department’s most requested units whenever the department gives public demonstrations to groups like local churches or Scout troops.  The dogs are also very popular when presenting at the Sheriff’s Citizens and Youth Academies.

Here’s a list of some of the pooches’ accomplishments last year.  Keep in mind that these dogs often risk their lives for as meager a reward as Kibbles and Bits cheese snacks.

In the 2020 calendar year, the K-9 unit helped out on:

  • 220 calls to 911
  • 170 suspicious vehicles cases
  • 137 suspicious persons cases
  • 132 domestic cases
  • 94 business or residential alarms
  • 50 assaults
  • 10 hold-up alarms
  • 7 liquor or narcotics investigations
  • 1 rape/sexual assault case
  • 986 classified cases