K9 Unit

Introduction & Current Team

As of spring 2022, Officer Anthony Craft was selected as the next K9 Handler for the McFarland Police Department. Craft has a strong interest in Police K9’s which started back during his police internship in college. He decoyed (AKA, a doggy chew toy) for three years in civilian police and occasionally worked with K9 handlers during his service in the military. Officer Craft has 11 years of police experience and is excited to start working with a K9 partner in the near future.

Officer Craft and the Department are currently working with a potential new K9 for McFarland to meet their needs. They hope to have the K9 start in early summer of 2022. Subscribe to Police News if interested in learning more about the K9 program as they proceed.

Donate & Shop

Did you know that the K9 unit is funded solely through donations and fundraising? With the new K9, the purchase will cost around $14,000. These donations cover purchases training, vet bills, food, dog equipment, etc. Additionally, the K9 unit is in need of a new squad car (estimated $60,000), as the current car is aging, racking up miles, and technology is becoming dated. They hope to purchase this new squad within the next year for the new K9.

Interested in purchasing from the K9 shop? Visit their online store to buy apparel, sign up for the annual golf outing, monetary donations, and more. All proceeds go directly to the K9 fund.

Another key way in which the K9 unit fundraises is through their annual golf outing that takes place each July. More information regarding this event can be found via the McFarland Community Calendar.

History & Previous K9s

The Department proudly implemented its first ever Police K9 Unit in November of 2014.

Boris, a German Shepherd originating from Slovakia and purchased by the Department in June of 2014 from Midwest K9 in Des Moines, Iowa, was the first K9 for McFarland. 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 Ryan Copeland in the fall of 2014. Boris was trained in narcotics / drug detection, suspect apprehension, article recovery and protective patrol tactics.Boris looking out of Police Car window

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. Jeremy Job, a sergeant at the time, was selected as the new handler. 

In summer of 2021, the Department had a bittersweet good-bye as Boris reached retirement after serving for seven years.