The K-9 Officers and their K-9 partners provide patrol, narcotic, and bomb detection services for the Sheriff’s office and outside agencies when requested. Some of the agencies we assisted were the United States Secret Service, US Marshall’s Office, Kansas National Guard, Lawrence Police Department, and the Kansas Highway Patrol. All of the other officers are assigned to specific duties in various divisions with the K-9 duties being an added duty and responsibility.
In 2004 a primary goal of this unit was to be active in Community Policing activities. 3,600 citizens viewed the K-9 units at 21 various presentations and demonstrations. The K-9 unit handled 191 patrol activities that resulted in 25 suspects being apprehended. The K-9 unit narcotics-related activities resulted in the seizures of 646 pounds of marijuana, 8 pounds of methamphetamine, 12 pounds of cocaine, and $334,200 in currency. The bomb detection K-9’s handled 90 events in 2004.