The Canine Unit started in 1986 with one officer and a bloodhound named Jesse. Today, there are eleven teams engaged in search and patrol work. Five of these teams are also trained in explosives detection. Training takes 12 to 21 weeks with each dog cross-trained to perform searches for contraband, missing persons, and routine patrol work. Each patrol squad has a K-9 team assigned to it. The Canine Unit has its share of heroes, Nero being one. He saved his handler's life by knocking a gun out of the hand of a robbery suspect. After 10 years on the force, Nero was forced to retire with a record of seizing over $1,000,000 in drugs, cash, and property, and earning numerous commendations for merit and valor.