The Myrtle Beach Police Department created the K-9 Unit in late 2001. Since its inception, our K-9 officers have provided unmatched assistance in suspect tracking, narcotics recovery, explosive & detonation searches, school searches, and numerous specialized rescue and reconnaissance missions.
The K-9 unit allows our department to deter crime by adding the following elements:
- Enhanced tracking of individuals sought by police
- The search of buildings or areas for suspected criminals
- Locating evidence that has been hidden or abandoned
- Bomb detection
- Narcotics detection
- Search and rescue of lost or missing persons
- Improved search capabilities
Our program has grown extensively through the years and continues to provide an important service in the apprehension of criminals through the use of trained canines and their law enforcement handlers. The Department has utilized canines to assist officers with law enforcement and public-relations activities. The Department currently has four canine teams that are used for narcotics detection, tracking, and patrol work.
All canine teams go through extensive training before deployment to the field. This training is ongoing as the K-9 Unit gathers every week to work on skills that will keep the teams proficient. The K-9 Unit also participates in dozens of public demonstrations throughout the community each year. To request a canine demonstration, contact the Myrtle Beach Police Department at (843) 918-1382 and ask to speak to the K-9 Unit Supervisor.
MCpl. Christopher Smith / Cees
MCpl. Christopher Smith is originally from York, PA relocating to Myrtle Beach in 2004 to attend Coastal Carolina University. He was hired by the Myrtle Beach Police Department in November 2007 and achieved the rank of Patrolman First Class in December 2009. Mcpl. Smith is a Field Training Officer and has been assigned to the Patrol Division, Community Policing Team, and on January 28, 2011 was selected as the handler for his K-9 partner Alli, who has since retired. K-9 Alli is now enjoying life in retirement with Mcpl. Smith’s family. In September 2016 he was promoted to Corporal, and assigned to supervise the K-9 Unit. MCpl. Smith was nominated and awarded as Police Officer of the Year for 2014. MCpl. Smith recently completed the Full Service Canine Handler Course, and is now working with his new partner K-9 Cees. Cees was purchased by the Woman’s Club of Myrtle Beach to fill K-9 Alli’s spot in the unit. K-9 Cees is a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois. The K-9 team is trained and certified in drug detection, article searches, tracking, criminal apprehension, and handler protection.
PFC. Kenneth Harlow / K9 Roscoe
PFC. Kenneth Harlow grew up in the small town of Lucketts, VA. In the fall of 2007 Kenneth graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in Biology. In April 2009 Kenneth joined the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Kenneth started his career on the road as a patrol officer. The first two years were spent on midnights, and then almost two years on dayshift. Kenneth currently holds the rank of Patrolman First Class and is also a Field Training Officer. In February 2013, Kenneth was selected as a K-9 handler and paired with K-9 Roscoe.
Roscoe is a German Wirehaired Pointer who was rescued by the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Roscoe is well known throughout the area and is certified in drug detection, tracking, and article searches.
PFC. Michael Householder / K9 Kelly
PFC. Householder is originally from Glen Rock, PA. In the fall of 2013 he achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. PFC. Householder joined the Myrtle Beach Police Department in September of 2011. PFC. Householder was initially assigned to the nighttime Patrol Shift and then transferred to the Waterfront Unit. PFC. Householder holds the rank of Patrolman First Class and is also a Field Training Officer. In March 2015 PFC. Householder completed his basic K-9 handler course with K-9 Kelly.
Kelly is a Belgian Malinois who was purchased and donated to Myrtle Beach Police Department by the Woman’s Club of Myrtle Beach from a working dog vendor in Georgia, and donated to the Myrtle Beach Police Department. K-9 Kelly loves attention and attends numerous demonstrations. K-9 Kelly is certified in drug detection, tracking, and article searches.
PFC. Shon McCluskey / Daisy
PFC. Shon McCluskey is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1996. PFC. McCluskey moved to the Myrtle Beach area upon being hired with the Myrtle Beach Police Dept. in 1997. PFC McCluskey has been with the department for 20 years, and spent 15 of those years working in the Traffic Division. PFC McCluskey accomplished certifications as an Accident Reconstructionist, Instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, and Instructor in Speed Measurement Device. PFC. McCluskey was nominated and awarded as Police Officer of the Year for 2015. In August of 2016, PFC McCluskey was accepted into the K-9 Unit to handle a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois named Daisy. PFC McCluskey and K-9 Daisy attended a K-9 Handler Course, and in October of 2016 hit the road as a team. K-9 Daisy is trained and certified in drug detection, article searches, and tracking.