The K-9 program began in June of 2009 when the first three handlers went to Omaha, Nebraska for one-on-one training with their dogs. Once the deputies became familiar and confident with their new partner’s abilities, they returned to begin a career in law enforcement. The fourth K9 followed in September of 2009 and the fifth in March of 2011. They become part of the family as they live, eat and sleep in the same home.
The service provided by our K-9s are among the best in the nation. In training with other agencies, both local and federal, our K-9s gain a reputation as reliable and efficient. Each dog is trained in drug detection and patrol/tracking. Canines can perform searching, detection and apprehension functions more quickly, efficiently, and safely than officers on foot. The K-9 team provides a significant resource to assist our personnel and other law enforcement agencies in carrying out their duties.
The K-9 team enhances the ability to respond to emergencies, particularly in the areas of deputy protection, tracking, building and area searches and apprehension of suspects.
The K-9s have quickly become, and always will be, an integral part of the Sheriff’s Office.