At this time, the Operations Division has three police K-9 teams: Officer AJ Parrish (with K-9, Don), Officer Will Hendrickson (with K-9 Joker) and Officer Benjamin Anthony (with K-9 BARY). Each police dog is a Belgian Malinois or a mix with a German Shepherd.
Our K-9 teams are a vital resource to our community, as they do much more than just search for illegal drugs. They have the ability to track suspects in both urban and rural areas and search for items used in crime situations, such as a knife thrown into tall grass. Each K-9 also has the ability to locate someone hidden inside of building, along with protecting their handler if necessary.
Being assigned to a K-9 team is not an easy task. The officer must complete an extended training course with the dog, and he is responsible at all times for the dog's well-being and care. The dog lives with the handler, and they train together weekly in narcotics detection, tracking, and article searches when they are not working the street.
In 2020, the K-9 teams conducted 17 tracks, 5 building searches, 66 narcotics searches, and had 59 apprehensions.
If you are interested in having one of our K-9 teams visit your school or organization to show off their skills, call 270-444-8548.