The Canine Unit is a centralized uniform support service which offers a specialized resource to the Sheriff’s Office through the professional utilization of an effective law enforcement tool, the Sheriff’s K-9.
The mission of the Canine Unit is to enhance the Department’s efforts in crime prevention and detection, criminal apprehension, officer safety, and service to the community. The Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit consist of four patrol handler/K-9 teams, one School Resource handler/K-9 Team, one handler/K-9 Team specially trained in explosive detection, and one Narcotics Unit handler/K-9 Team.
The Canine Unit is capable of providing assistance in several critical areas including, but not limited to: Officer protection, apprehension of suspects, psychological deterrent to suspect aggression, searching for suspects, evidence retrieval, lost children and adults and other general law enforcement duties in patrol, detention and the courts.
The K-9 Unit is led by Lieutenant Frank Young. Lt. Young has been involved in handling and training K-9s since 1988.