In January of 2010, Mauldin Police traveled to Custom Canine Unlimited in Georgia to select a new Police Service Dog. At that time, K-9 “Chica” was selected to join the Mauldin Police Department from many possibilities. Chica was 21 months old at the time of her selection. Chica is a 50 pound, brown and black Belgian Malinois who was imported from Holland. She is very social and loves to work.
As a police service dog (PSD), K-9 Chica is trained in tracking suspects or missing persons, evidence and property finds, building searches, area searches, controlled substance detection, suspect apprehension and handler/citizen protection work. In this capacity K-9 Chica is used on a daily basis to assist the City of Mauldin Officers, as well as being requested by multiple agencies throughout the upstate for assistance. K-9 Chica has also performed a wide variety of demonstrations to various community groups, schools and businesses.
K-9 Chica’s handler is Sergeant R. Herron. Sergeant Herron is the K-9 Function coordinator and has been K-9 Chica’s handler since she came to the department in February of 2010.