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K-9 Unit

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office currently has four K-9 teams and they are assigned to the Patrol Division. There are two tracking/apprehension and narcotics detection K-9 teams, one tracking/apprehension K-9 team, and one narcotics detection K-9 team. K-9 teams are on-call 24 hours a day. The K-9 teams devote a significant amount of time to ongoing training. They train individually almost every day and train with other K-9 teams in Central Oregon on a weekly basis. Being a K-9 handler is a significant commitment. Our K-9 teams also regularly assist other law enforcement agencies in Central Oregon. All of our K-9 teams are certified annually by the Oregon Police Canine Association.

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K9 Brolo and Deputy Keith Slater

K9 Brolo is a Belgian Malinois and was born in the Netherlands in April 2012. Brolo was acquired by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office when he was three years old. Brolo is trained and certified in the State of Oregon as a Patrol (tracking/apprehension) K9. Brolo’s partner, Deputy Keith Slater, has been a Patrol Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office since 2007.

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K9 Ezel and Deputy Jeremiah Johnson

K9 Ezel is a Czech-Shepard/Belgian Malinois and was born in Czechoslovakia in April 2012. Ezel was acquired by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office when he was 18 months old. Ezel is trained and certified in both Patrol (tracking/apprehension) and Narcotics (drug) detection. Ezel’s partner, Deputy Jeremiah Johnson, has been a ​Patrol ​Deputy since 2007.

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​K9 Masa and Deputy Ben Bartness

K9 Masa is a Czech-Shepard/Belgian Malinois and was born in Czechoslovakia in June 2016. Masa was acquired by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office when she was 18 months old. Masa is trained and certified in both Patrol (tracking/apprehension) and Narcotics (drug) detection. Masa’s partner, Deputy Ben Bartness, has been a Patrol Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office since 2012.

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K9 Molly and Deputy Stacy Crawford

K9 Molly is an English Springer Spaniel and was born on Ireland in July 2012. Molly was acquired by the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office when she was three years old and she is trained and certified in the State of Oregon as a Narcotic (Drug) Detective K9. K9 Molly’s partner, Deputy Stacy Crawford, has been a Patrol Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office since 1997.

 

Narcotics detection dogs are trained and certified to detect the odor of certain illegal drugs and will alert their handler to their presence when conducting a search. The dogs have a very sensitive sense of smell and can detect even a very small amount of the drugs they are trained to detect. Narcotics detection K-9 handlers are extensively trained in the legal aspects of conducting a search using their K-9 partner. Our narcotics detection K-9 teams participate in a high number of drug interdiction stops on the highways in Deschutes County and have had a number of large drug seizures.

Tracking/apprehension dogs, also called patrol dogs, are trained and certified to track and apprehend criminals and conduct searches for non-drug evidence. The dogs use their sensitive sense of smell, excellent hearing and sharp eyesight to track criminals, then use their presence, including barking, to apprehend the criminal. The dogs can also bite a criminal to apprehend them if the situation requires it. Additionally, a dog’s superior running speed allows them to easily catch a criminal who is running away.

Deschutes County Sheriff 2016

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(541) 388-6661

Main Office

63333 West Hwy 20
Bend, OR. 97703

(541) 388-6655
(541) 693-6911 (Non-emergency after hours)

Monday - Friday 8-5pm

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