The K-9 team was started in 1999 with purchase of "Astor" and the training of Officer Corey Haines. In December 2002, Astor retired and the K-9 team of "Nikko" and Officer David Koehler took on their roles as the K-9 unit until February of 2013 when Nikko retired. In 2013 the new K-9 team of "Grim" and Officer Jeffrey Lewis assumed their roles as the Madison Heights Police Department K-9 unit until 2019 when Grim retired.
The new K-9 team for the Madison Heights Police Department is "Harko" and Officer John Bradley.
Mobile Road Patrol
The K-9 unit functions as a mobile road patrol unit with the additional benefit of a working narcotics detection, tracking and subject apprehension canine partner. The K-9 unit also assists other units with search warrant execution and criminal apprehensions. The K-9 trains weekly using a state of the art exercise facility built by the Department of Public Services. The K-9 unit regularly conducts demonstrations for civic groups, schools and other organizations.