Canines are used for searching wanted or fleeing suspects; apprehending fleeing
suspects; crowd control; and public relations demonstrations for local schools and
community organizations. The K-9,s and their Handlers receive intensive training
to become certified to perform their assigned duties.
Canines are also assigned to narcotics detection. Prior to being put into service,
canines used for narcotics detection are trained and certified in locating hidden
quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.
The K-9 Handlers are equipped with leashes, collars, brushes, and other related
equipment needed to work and care for the dogs. The agency provides dog food, and
all of the animals' medical and dental needs. Oftentimes, when a canine is retired
from active service with the Sheriff's Office, the animal is given to their last