Canine Unit

The Sheriff’s Office fields four canine teams who are certified annually by the International Police Work Dog Association and train weekly to maintain their craft. The teams are certified in patrol and drug detection and are used to conduct building searches, evidence recovery, tracking for criminal suspects, drug detection, and apprehension of violent offenders. The unit also has two single-purpose canines trained in explosive detection.

Rishel and Skar Photo

Cpl. William Rishel has been a canine handler since 2008 and is currently an Assistant Canine Instructor for the agency. He currently handles two canines for the agency. K-9 "Skar" is a dual-purpose Belgian Malinois, certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. K-9 "Filly" is a single-purpose Belgian Malinois trained in Explosive Detection. Cpl. Rishel and his canine partners are certified annually through the I.P.W.D.A.

Smith and Brix Photo

D.F.C. Lacey Smith has been a canine handler since 2017. She currently handles one dual-purpose canine, K-9 "Brijx", a Dutch Shepard certified in Patrol and Narcotics Detection. D.F.C. Smith and her canine partner are certified annually through the I.P.W.D.A.