The Department proudly implemented its first ever Police K9 Unit in November of 2014. The unit consists of a handler and one police canine (Boris).
K9 Boris is a German Shepherd originating from Slovakia and purchased by the Department in June of 2014 from Midwest K9 in Des Moines, IA. Boris spent the summer of 2014 training with Midwest K9's master trainers, and then completed an extensive training program with his initial handler, Officer Copeland in the fall of 2014. Boris is trained in narcotics / drug detection, suspect apprehension, article recovery and protective patrol tactics.
In May of 2015, Officer Copeland and K9 Boris were one of only three K9 Teams to receive perfect scores during recertification training.
Following the passing of Officer Copeland in November of 2015, K9 Boris was transported to his trainer where he continued to receive care and training. Sgt. Jeremy Job was selected as the new handler and has been continuing the work put into the K-9 unit.
The unit is funded solely through donations and fundraising. Anyone interested in making a donation to the fund may contact Lt. Brian Redman.