K-9 Unit

The K-9 Unit is comprised of four K-9 officers and their handlers, including one sergeant. K-9s Kane, Raf, Duncan, and Gorrit are invaluable assets to CPD. All four assist in narcotics detection including area, article, and body search, as well suspect tracking and apprehension.

The K9 Unit


Sergeant Scott Hedrick is the head K-9 trainer for the Columbia Police Department. He has served with the department since 1998, and as a handler since 2007. In 2014, Sgt. Hedrick was the first CPD officer to be certified with the Missouri Police Canine Association. He also serves as the Secretary for the Missouri Police Canine Association and is a member of the National American Work Dog Association. In October 2014, Sgt. Hedrick’s former K-9 partner, Urac, reached his end-of-watch after battling sickness for several months. Sgt. Hedrick’s new partner, Kane, began with the department in January 2015. He has been a great asset to the department!
Another pair in the K-9 Unit is Officer Parsons and K-9 officer Raf. Officer Parsons has been with CPD for 13 years and has been a handler for the last 3 years. Officer Parsons and Raf are members of the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and the Missouri Police Canine Association (MPCA).  Raf is a certified police utility dog through NAPWDA. Raf is a 5-year-old German Shepherd Dog and was purchased from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania. Raf is a dual purpose K-9 and is used for patrol work and narcotics detection. 
 Another pair in the K-9 Unit is Officer Kevin Purdy and K-9 officer Duncan.  Officer Purdy has been with the department since 2002.  Duncan is a two-year old German Shepherd and was purchased from Shallow Creek Kennels in Pennsylvania.  He is a dual purpose police dog and is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and aggression.  Duncan has been certified through the Missouri Police Canine Association.  


 In June 2015, CPD welcomed K-9 officer Gorrit and his handler, Officer Jameson Dowler to the K-9 Unit.  Gorrit is 2-years-old and he is a Dutch Shepherd. They were both a great asset to the unit!
In October 2017, the K-9 Unit received a charitable donation from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The non-profit organization donated bullet and stab protective vests for K-9s Kane, Raf, Duncan, and Gorrit. Each vest has a value between $1,795-$2,234 and a five-year warranty. 



After nine years of dedicated service, K-9 Officer Leah entered retirement on November 11, 2015. Officer Ron Hall (pictured in the photo at the top of the page) was Leah’s handler. Over Leah’s nine years of service, she successfully located nearly $4.5 million’s in money and drug seizures. She now spends her retirement with Officer Hall and his family.