2023 PK9A Golf Outing FORE K-9’s
Friday, June 23, 2023

2023 PK9A K-9 5K, 1 Mile Walk, and Community Celebration
Saturday, October 7, 2023

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Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Police K-9 Association (PK9A®).

The Police K-9 Association promotes service and safety in our communities through the efficient deployment and use of K -9 teams. The PK9A® consists of 60 active and retired teams who represent 20+ individual Police Departments and Sheriff’s Offices across Ohio as well as State Departments. Some of our teams are also members of S.W.A.T., assist the U.S. Marshals Service, and FBI Task Force, as well as various School Systems.

K-9’s play a vital role in communities by providing a myriad of missions – consisting of drug enforcement, criminal apprehension, officer safety, tracking, detection, and search and rescue. As the need for K-9’s continues to grow, so does our organization’s responsibility to support our K-9 teams.

Our predecessors formed the PK9A® in 1985 with the intent to assist a single department for their own needs. Over nearly four decades, our organization has grown exponentially, reaching far past Canton, Ohio. In our partnership with the Canton Police Department K-9 Unit, we offer exclusive training to our active K-9 teams on a weekly basis, and we prepare, and state-certify teams involved in narcotics and explosives detection, tracking, patrol, and general obedience. City and county financial budgets often limit or exclude needed funding for K-9’s within their department.

The PK9A® bridges the gap to cover K-9 related expenses to ensure our teams are equipped with the imperative items and training they need. We recognize strong community support as a key factor in the safety of both our neighborhoods and the K-9’s protecting them.

If you are an active K-9 Handler, or represent a Department’s Administration and have specific questions concerning our membership requirements, please fill out the “Contact Us” form on the website.


Our Board of Directors is comprised of Active K-9 Handlers and one Civilian, all on a volunteer basis.

Ofc. Christopher Heslop, President & Head Trainer
Ofc. Trey Schilling, Vice President & Treasurer
Ofc. Aric Cook, Secretary
Sgt. Mike Hickman, Trustee
Ofc. Bryan Jeffries, Trustee
Ashley Caley, Trustee and Development Coordinator

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