The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit currently has two K-9 teams. The two K-9 teams are trained and certified for narcotic detection and patrol applications through the State of Ohio. The two highly trained K-9 teams are also nationally certified. Each team with the K-9 Unit completes and annual certification that the mandated by the State of Ohio (OPOTA). Along with detection training, the teams are also trained in human tracking, article and building researches, criminal apprehension and handler protection. The K-9 teams work alongside with the patrol deputies daily while providing assistance with the needs and requests of the other specialty units within the Agency. They also provide assistance to Federal, State, County and local Law Enforcement agencies outside of Monroe County.
The mission of the K-9 Unit is to support all law enforcement activity and the community of Monroe County. This support is a force multiplier which assists in the apprehension of fleeing criminals, warrant searches, building and area searches, search and rescue, pursuits, along with assisting patrol deputies with in-progress calls for service. Aside from their law enforcement duties, the K-9 teams visit schools, churches and business to give demonstrations of their canines abilities and to educate and give the public a better understanding of what the team is utilized for.
The K-9 Unit is supervised by a working K9 Sergeant, a Patrol Lieutenant, and Sheriff Black, who is responsible for staffing and overall operations of the unit.