Canines (K-9s) are an important tool for law enforcement. Their sense of smell is many times greater than that of a human. No machine in the world can match a K-9s scenting capabilities. With their noses, they can assist their handlers in locating hidden suspects and possible evidence left behind at the scene of a crime.
With their loud barking they are also a wonderful deterrent. Often just the presence of the dog results in the peaceful surrender of suspects who might otherwise fight or attempt to flee from Deputies.
Sheriff's Office K-9 Deputy Teams
The Deputy and their dog live, train, and deploy together. They go through extensive training on a regular basis. Annually, they are certified by the Oregon Police Canine Association.
K-9 Deputy Vortex (tracking/apprehension)
K-9 Deputy Vortex was purchased from Israeli Police Dogs International in May 2016 as a 3-year-old. He was partnered with Deputy Weikel who has over 10 years of experience as a patrol dog handler. Vortex is a brown German Shepard. He was untitled when the Sheriff's Office purchased him so he went through extensive training prior to being placed into service as a tracking/apprehension dog.
K-9 Deputy Brutus (tracking/apprehension)
K-9 Deputy Brutus is a Belgian Malinois. He was partnered with Deputy Gevatosky in April 2017. Like Vortex, Brutus has been certified by the Oregon Police Canine Association as a tracking/apprehension dog.
K-9 Deputy Tommy (drug detection)
K-9 Deputy Tommy joined the Benton County Sheriff's Office in May 2017. He was partnered with Deputy Blaser. Tommy is a mixed breed Springer Spaniel who was pre-trained in the detection of Cocaine, Methamphetamine, and Heroin and has maintained his drug detection certification. Deputy Blaser has previous experience as a K-9 drug detection handler.
The BCSO K-9 teams are used for tracking, trailing, wind scenting, building searches, locating evidence or suspects of a crime, and for the protection of law enforcement officers or other persons. The dogs are transported in specially-equipped K-9 patrol vehicles. These vehicles can maintain air conditioning or heat while the vehicle is parked.
Patrol K-9s are not used for search and rescue of missing persons. Our Region Three/K-9 SAR Search and Rescue Unit has specially trained dogs for this type of search.
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