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:
- 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.