K9 Program

A Police Working Dog Team is a tried and true law enforcement tool. With the canine’s keen sense of smell, eyesight, tenacity, and endurance, Police Working Dogs can perform many tasks with less risk to human officers and the public.

The Town of Apex reformed its K9 unit in 2015 and currently utilizes only one Police Working Dog Team. The Apex Police Department uses its Police Working Dog Team(s) to track lost persons, search for discarded or hidden evidence and/or contraband, detect illegal drugs, and to search buildings and wooded areas. Our Police Working Dog Team(s) is assigned to the Patrol Division and responsible for general law enforcement duties and special assignments when needed.

Officer Scott James and K9 Officer Rocky 
K9 Rocky is a male Belgian Malinois and was sworn in as an Apex Police Department K9 Police Officer in May 2015 following his graduation and certification as a Police Working Dog. K9 Officer Rocky is a friendly and hard-working Police Working Dog. In fact, there is very little he won’t do for a ball. 
This Police Working Dog Team has proven its value to the Town of Apex community with notable finds and apprehensions already attributed to their credit. K9 Officer Rocky lives at home with Officer Scott James and his family. 
Keeping Rocky Safe
To keep K9 Officer Rocky safe while at work, Officer James’ police car has been outfitted with a kennel insert replacing the back seat. This kennel protects K9 Officer Rocky in the event of a motor vehicle crash. If the temperature inside the car rises above a certain degree, a fan turns on automatically and the windows roll down. Additionally, an alarm alerts Officer James that the vehicle is too hot. The kennel insert also has a spill-proof water bowl and room for K9 Officer Rocky to move around. Access to the vehicle kennel can only be made by Officer James while the team is working.

Meeting Rocky

Want to schedule a time for Officer James and Rocky to meet with your school or civic group? Please contact Officer James (Rocky doesn’t have email yet).
Rocky and James