K-9 handler Mike Hood and K-9 Jude were certified in 2008, through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms-Explosive K-9 School in Front Royal, Virginia. The SFD Explosive K-9 Team is recognized as team leaders throughout the country and have worked major sporting events such as the Super Bowl and the NCAA Final Four Tournament. The Explosives K-9 Team has been instrumental in solving major criminal cases by locating weapons and shell casing.
The Investigations Unit is responsible for fire cause determination in the City of Shreveport. The unit is comprised of four Investigators and one Assistant Chief of Fire Prevention. Those assigned to the unit are POST Certified Peace Officers with full arrest powers.
Fire Investigators undergo extensive training which includes fire / arson investigations, interview, and interrogation training provided by the National Fire Academy. Each investigator attends the Shreveport Regional Police Academy to attain knowledge in the enforcement of local, state, and federal criminal statutes.