The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is comprised of three dual purpose dog teams, each certified in narcotics detection and patrol work. Each K9 Team is certified in the areas of handler protection, evidence searches, tracking, building searches, field searches, suspect apprehension, obedience, agility, and narcotic detection. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is a member of and certified with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).
These teams provide support for different divisions and units within the Office to include the Investigations Division, Patrol Division, Metro VNI, Detention Bureau, Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.), Special Response Team (Detention) and the Crime Reduction Unit (CRU). Sheriff’s Office K9 Teams have also aided many outside agencies to include the FBI, ATF, DEA, Federal Bureau of Prisons and numerous others. The K9 Unit is on call 365 days a year and responds to a number of different situations within the County.
The three K9 Teams consist of two German Shepherd Dogs which were imported from Europe through Joe Clingan of Fort Collins Protection Dogs and Training, and one Belgian Malinois that was purchased and partially trained by Johnsons K9 which is located locally. The dogs are selected and trained for specific purposes and will continue their training until their retirement from the Unit.
The Sheriff’s Office is proud to improve upon the service brought to the citizens of El Paso County through the use of Police Service Dogs. The impact they have on modern day policing and the community is immeasurable and their positive contributions result in better service for the public.