In November 2009 K-9 Paco was purchased from K-9 Concepts Inc. in Broussard Louisiana. K-9 Paco was 3 years old at this time and was imported from Holland. As a KNPV certified K-9, Paco started training at eight weeks old and was titled at 2 1/2 years old. Paco was named by local elementary school students after he was purchased by the city of Mauldin.
As a police service dog, Paco assists the police department in tracking/trailing, narcotics detection, building search, area search, article search, handler protection and apprehension. K-9 Paco helps the Mauldin Police Department as a force multiplier by allowiing other officers to be free for calls for service while he is working. Paco is also called on to assist other municipalities in the area with his detection abilities. Paco routinely takes part in public demonstrations to allow the community to see his keen sense of smell and agility which is required to perform his duties. Paco has been certified as a detection and patrol dog with the National Police Canine Association and the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA).
K-9 Paco’s handler is Corporal George Miller. Corporal Miller has been a K-9 handler with the city of Mauldin since 2005.