AX and Handler Deputy Ridley


Deputy Ridley is doing a great job on interdiction without a K-9 and I'm excited to see (and feel bad for the drug users) what this K-9 team does when in service. Deputy Ridley is extremely excited and eager to complete this training. Ridley's K-9 partner is named AX. I overheard Deputies talking that Deputy Ridley said that once in service if needed, all Deputies would have to say is bring the AX. So all I can state is that Deputy Ridley will bring the AX. I also want to give thanks to all that supports this office and our K-9 division. Sheriff Charles Black



K-9 Unit Division

Neron and Handler Deputy Poling


Neron is a 4 year old German Shepherd from Azzi International, he is the only K-9 trained in Schutzhund.  Neron is also a dual purposed dog certified in narcotics, apprehension, tracking building and area searched and social exposure

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit currently has four K-9 teams. The four K-9 teams are trained and certified for narcotic detection and patrol applications through the State of Ohio.  The four 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.


Nemo and Handler Deputy Peska


Nemo is a Black Sable Shepherd that was purchased from Azzi International.  Nemo is also a dual purpose dog certified in narcotics, apprehension, tracking building and area searched and social exposure.  


Eric and Handler Deputy Russell


​Eric is a 5 year old Black Sable Shepherd that was purchased from Azzi International.  Eric is also a dual purpose dog certified in narcotics, apprehension, tracking building and area searched and social exposure.