- Deputy Carroll with K-9 Thor
- Deputy Draper with K-9 Kilo
- Deputy Wade with K-9 Sonka
- Deputy Zimmerman with K-9 Roman
All Sheriff’s Office K-9s are dual purpose dogs, meaning they are trained in two separate disciplines. The current K-9s are trained in both apprehension and narcotics detection which includes:
- Area Searches
- Building Searches
- Officer Protection
- High-risk Warrant Arrests
- Felony Car Stops
- Suspect Apprehension
- Narcotics Detection
- Riot Control
- Public Demonstrations
The Sheriff’s Office uses German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois as K-9s because of their overall fitness for patrol work. These dogs have excellent noses, great strength, long endurance, good speed and are easily trainable. In other words, they are an excellent all-around dog for law enforcement purposes.
The Sheriff’s Office Canine Teams are assigned as rove cars on patrol, which provides better response to in-progress calls within Arapahoe County and the City of Centennial.
K-9s are assigned to one specific deputy, living with the deputy 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.
Canine handlers must have the desire and ability to constantly train with their dogs. The K-9 teams have scheduled training each month, in addition to the numerous hours of on-duty training that occurs. Repetition is necessary and very important in the training of K-9s as all dogs are conditioned responders. Over the years, K-9s have proven their value and courage time and time again.
|Mark Ortler||Arco and Luke||1992-1996|
|Jim Wunderlich||Ringo and Ringo Jr.||1996-2001|
|Gordon Carroll||J.R. and Max||1996-2011|
|Mike Mitchell||Ringo Jr. and Aragorn||2001-2009|