K9 Unit

The Jacksonville, Georgia Police Department K-9 Unit was formed in late 2021 with the approval of the City Council. The purpose of the K-9 Unit is to enhance the Police Department's ability to detect and deter unlawful drug use and sales in our community and to assist local law enforcement partners when requested.

Jacksonville, Georgia Police Department's K9 program would not have been possible without the grant assistance provided by AKC Reunite, Adopt a K9 Cop. We wish to extend our deepest thanks to AKC Reunite for providing us with the necessary funds to start our K9 program. For more information on AKC Reunite, please visit www.akcreunite.org

We would also like to thank Walmart Store # 686 Fitzgerald, Georgia located at 120 Benjamin H Hill Dr W, Fitzgerald, GA 31750 . The Store Manager provided us with assistance funds through Walmart's Community Grant Program. Thank you so much to the team at Walmart Fitzgerald, Georgia for helping us with our Police K-9 Program! Please shop at the Walmart Fitzgerald Store to show your appreciation for supporting local law enforcement! Walmart Fitzgerald

We would also like to thank the United States Police Canine Association for their assistance in helping us to get our K-9 program started. USPCA can be reached at USPCA Website

MEET OUR K-9 TEAM

Meet Matt and Charlee. Matt currently serves as our Chief of Police and is a K-9 Handler. Matt has over 20 years of law enforcement experience. He served in various sworn positions in Federal, State, & Local Law Enforcement. Matt is a graduate of the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College and holds a master's degree in Public Safety Administration. In his free time, Matt enjoys travelling, riding his motorcycle, and saltwater fishing.

Charlee is a 3-year-old female German Shepherd that has been specially trained and certified to detect illegal narcotics and for human tracking. Charlee trains regularly with her handler to keep her skills sharp and to maintain all required certifications. Charlee enjoys playing with her toys and having her belly scratched. If you see Charlee on patrol, be sure to say hello. But don't pet her while she's working unless you receive permission from her handler. This is for your safety and also to ensure you are not interfering with Charlee while she is working.