The Division currently staffs two K9 teams. In April of 2011 K9 Carlos retired. He was replaced with K9 Felo and his partner Patrol Officer Craig Kiley. Patrol Officer Aaron Welch and a German Shepard named ETO make up the other.
Our K9s are trained to detect narcotics and perform patrol tasks. Building and area searches, tracking, evidence recovery, handler protection and criminal apprehension are examples of these duties. Our K9s have been instrumental in apprehending an armed robbery suspect, solving a string of daytime burglaries, locating narcotics and finding abandoned weapons. Since the unit has been organized, the dogs and handlers have been responsible for a variety of criminal arrests, narcotics arrests and seizures of cash and property. Some of the most notable have been a seizure of $12,000 and the seizure of more than two pounds of marijuana.
The unit is also utilized for a variety of community service demonstrations in area schools and businesses. Additionally, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, and other surrounding law enforcement agencies have used the canine teams numerous times with great success.
A special THANK YOU to Lloyd and Norma Wygant for their generous donation to the K9 program. They are entirely responsible for our new K9 ETO.