K-9 Unit

The K-9 Unit was established in 1989 with three K-9s assigned to the Patrol Division. The goal from that day forward was to have dual purpose K-9s trained in either narcotic and explosives detection and all of our K-9s are trained in patrol related functions. With the events of September 11, 2001 and the continuing effort to provide a stronger sense of security to the citizens of Douglas County, the Sheriff’s Office received funds to purchase three additional dual purpose dogs.

Their patrol related duties include:

  • Tracking
  • Area/Building Searches
  • Obedience with verbal and non-verbal commands
  • Officer protection
  • High Risk/Felony car stops
  • Suspect apprehension
  • Riot Control
  • S.W.A.T. related apprehensions
  • Public demonstratons

The K-9 teams area assigned as rove cars to better respond to in-progress type calls within the County. Whether the call is for narcotics detection or criminal apprehension, the units can respond more quickly while roving and not assigned to a specific sector or district.

The K-9s are assigned to one specific officer and lives with that officer and his family. A K-9 team usually stays together four to six years until the K-9 retires. When the K-9 retires from service the handler has the first option to keep the K-9 as their pet.

Douglas County Sheriff

Justice Center

4000 Justice Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 303.660.7505

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Highlands Ranch Substation

9250 Zotos Drive
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
Phone: 303.784.7800

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


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