The Wayne State University Police Department K-9 Unit was formed in 2002. Former Sgt. Tim Farrell was the unit's first handler. The unit has since grown to include three full-time handlers. Officer Andrew Grimm and his partner Lucky have patrolled campus together since the summer of 2018. Lucky is trained in explosives detection and tracking. Officer Grimm previously handled Diablo, Goran and Drago. With his partners, they have have helped locate fleeing criminal offenders throughout the city and assisted with the recovery of discarded firearms. They also have assisted with major off campus, such as sporting events, parades and presidential visits.
Sgt. Collin Rose and his Rottweiler partner Clyde started patrolling campus in 2013. Clyde is trained in narcotics detection and tracking. Clyde assisted other agencies throughout the city with narcotics detection. In August 2016, Sgt. Rose started patrolling with a second police dog named Wolverine. He is a VaporWake dog, specially trained to safely detect body worn explosives in large crowds. Sgt. Rose was killed in the line of duty in November 2016. Clyde was retired to Collin's surviving family and Wolverine was reassigned.
Officer Greg Roberts patrols with Wolverine and they are joined by Bruno, a German Shepherd specializing in narcotics detection, tracking and criminal apprehension
Officer Tom Box and his Belgian Malinois partner Havoc have patrolled campus together since June 2017. Havoc is trained in explosives detection and tracking, much like his predecessor Ores, another Belgian Malinois, now retired. They regularly assist with explosive detection efforts at Ford Field in advance of home games and major events.
Each canine officer and their partners have undertaken extensive training before hitting the road. They also train regularly with members of the Detroit Police Department and Federal Reserve Police K-9 units. Each officer has a special patrol car specially outfitted to accommodate their partner and the tasks they undertake. The K-9 Unit appreciates the services provided by the Wayne State University D.L.A.R. who assist in providing dogs in the unit with a balanced diet and veterinary care.