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The K-9 Unit of the Clayton Police Department has three awesome K9 teams!  

Our K9 officers are uniformed positions which include specially marked police vehicles. In addition to working together, K-9 Officers take the dogs home at the end of their shift and those furry partners are part of their families! Along with general patrol duties, the K-9 Officers provide building searches; evidence and suspect searches; tracking; and narcotics detection. The K-9 Officers also serve a community education and outreach role by making public appearances with community groups.

Officers Brantley and  "Abel"

The Clayton Police Department added this K-9 team to its force in 2014. Abel is a German Shepherd that was imported from the Netherlands.  Abel and his handler, Officer Jamie Brantley, attended a four-month, 560 hour, basic K-9 course, with the Wilson Police Department K-9 Academy and started with patrol on April 11, 2014.

Abel is a dual purpose patrol dog that is certified with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) in the fields of obedience, agility, tracking, evidence search, suspect search, criminal apprehension and the detection of illegal narcotics.  Officers Brantley and Abel gained their annual certifications in the USPCA Police Dog I and Police Dog II Trials within five months of graduating their basic academy.  They've competed in national trials and are assigned to the Patrol Division to work alongside patrol squads as well as assisting the Investigative Services Division when needed.  They spend numerous hours in training to maintain their certification and ensure they are prepared for situations they may encounter on the streets of Clayton.

Officers Brantley and Abel have assisted in numerous investigations including arrests for narcotics violations as well as helping to find evidence and apprehend subjects during tracks. Abel loves tracking! We have also done several public demonstrations to showcase the various capabilities of the K-9 team. Once you get Officer Brantley talking about Abel, you might not be able to get him to stop! They're a GREAT team! 

Officers McNeil and "Raven"

Raven is the department's first female dog and she teamed up with Officer Tyler McNeil in 2018. Raven is a German Shepard born in Holland on December 26, 2016. She is a certified police working dog trained in tracking, narcotic detection, and apprehension. She enjoys working hard, giving back to the community, and taking a “bite out of crime.” 

Officer McNeil named Raven after the Riverwood Middle School "Ravens" mascot - and her shiny black fir and friendly demeanor make her a huge hit with school children and families! Office McNeil said he took on K9 duty because he is always looking for ways to help him grow as an officer and help the department grow as a service to the community. He wanted to help bridge the gap between officers and the community and a dog has helped make our officers more approachable and helps build stronger relationships in between police and those they serve. 

Officers Carter and "Eli" 

Officer William “Will” Carter was selected as Clayton Police Department’s newest K9 handler in 2020. This opportunity came on the heels of Eli’s original partner, Officer Isaiah Ruffin. being promoted to Sergeant. And, because of the responsibilities put on a Sergeant, Officer Carter will take over as K9 Eli’s handler. Officer Carter has been a law enforcement officer for four years. He served two years with the Selma Police Department before joining our force. He is a four-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving in 2nd Light Armor Reconnaissance Battalion. Officer Carter’s interest in being a K9 handler began during his military deployment to Iraq where he worked closely with a K9 operator. It was there he got “hooked” on the idea of being a K9 handler and dedicated himself to the pursuit of that goal. Officer Carter is excited about this new and challenging chapter in his career.  

K9 Eli is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois who has been working for the Clayton Police Department for since 2018 with Sgt. Ruffin. To form new bonds between these police partners, Officer Carter and K9 Eli are training together at Ventosa K9 Kennels & Law Enforcement Training Center in Scotland Neck, NC this month. Over six weeks, the two will train on obedience, narcotics detections, tracking, article/evidence recovery, apprehension, and building searches. Check out the awesome video when Eli and Raven went through their initial training to join the Clayton Police force!

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