Where considerable effort in law enforcement is aimed toward sophisticated service delivery systems and investigative technology, police service dog teams remain a constantly sought-after resource by patrol, investigations, and special units. Primarily a detection and locating asset, the Sheriff’s Office employs police service dog teams in drug detection, explosive detection, searches for articles and evidence associated with crimes, and in the tracking of suspects and endangered persons.
Police Service Dogs (PSD) use their superior sense of odor discrimination, hearing, and ability to see movement, especially in the dark, to:
Search buildings or areas for:
Search for lost or missing persons
Track crime suspects
They also apprehend criminals, protect their police partners and citizens, and share their human partner’s role of preserving the peace and preventing crime.
Training & Certification
The Sheriff’s Office staffs 3 specially trained PSD teams, Sergeant Rick Houk and K9 Argo, Deputy Sean Urban and K9 Dutch, Sergeant Jesse Beever and K9 Bady. Their presence honors a 50 year tradition of using police service dogs at the Sheriff’s Office. All Sheriff’s Office police service dogs are certified by the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). The USPCA is the largest and oldest police service dog certification organization in North America.
Police Service Dog Teams from the Ann Arbor Police Department, University of Michigan Department of Public Safety, Ypsilanti Police Department and the Sheriff’s Office work and train collaboratively to support each other in meeting the often high demand for these specially trained teams.