Officer Josh Ellis works daily with his partner, â€śCezarâ€ť. â€śCezarâ€ť, is a Belgian Malinois and weighs about 70 pounds. Officer Ellis andâ€ť Cezarâ€ť are the sixth K-9 team that have represented the Departmentâ€™s K-9 Unit in the past decade. â€śCezarâ€ť is certified through U.S. K-9.
Officer Craig Goff works daily with his partner, “Chico”. “Chico”, is a Belgian Malinois and weighs about 65 pounds. Officer Goff and “Chico” are the ninth
The K-9 Unit is utilized for the following situations:
Tracking - Canines are able to track the "human scent" and "ground disturbance" of suspects who have fled from police officers or from a criminal offense.
Building Searches - Canines are used to search buildings that have been burglarized in an attempt to locate the suspects inside the building.
Narcotics - Canines are used to locate illegal narcotics in vehicles and buildings.
Handler Protection - Canines are used to protect officers including the handler
from assaults from criminals.
Criminal Apprehension - Canines are used to apprehend high-risk and violent criminals. This provides better safety for officers and citizens.
Both handlers are issued a take-home patrol vehicle that is equipped for their partner. Each dog lives with their handler and becomes a part of their family. The team trains weekly to stay proficient in each aspect of their job duties.
For questions about the K-9 Unit, contact Officer Ellis or Officer Goff at (972) 771-7721.