- Deputy Gordon Carroll and K-9 Arrow
- Deputy Kelly Draper and K-9 Kilo
- Deputy Daniel Ruybal and K-9 Zero
- Deputy Ty Zimmerman and K-9 Roman
- Deputy Tadd Alexander and K-9 Nuke
The K-9s are dual purpose dogs, meaning they are trained in two disciplines: apprehension and narcotics detection.
In 2019, the ACSO acquired K-9 Nuke, who is trained to detect explosives.
- Area Searches
- Building Searches
- Felony Car Stops
- High-risk Warrant Arrests
- Narcotics Detection
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- Officer Protection
- Public Demonstrations
- Riot Control
- Suspect Apprehension
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The sheriff's office uses German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois as K-9s because of their overall fitness for patrol work. The dogs have excellent noses, great strength, long endurance, good speed and are easily trainable. In other words, they are excellent all-around dogs for law enforcement purposes.
The Canine Teams are assigned as rove cars on patrol, which provides better response to in-progress calls within Arapahoe County and the city of Centennial.
K-9s are assigned to one specific deputy, living with the deputy and his or her family. A K-9 team usually stays together four to six years until the K-9 retires. When the K-9 retires from service, the handler has the first option to keep the K-9 as their pet.
Canine handlers must have the desire and ability to constantly train with their dogs. The K-9 teams have scheduled training each month, in addition to the numerous hours of on-duty training that occurs. Repetition is necessary and very important in the training of K-9s as all dogs are conditioned responders. Over the years, K-9s have proven their value and courage time and time again.
|Mark Ortler||Arco and Luke||1992-1996|
|Jim Wunderlich||Ringo and Ringo Jr.||1996-2001|
|Gordon Carroll||J.R. and Max||1996-2011|
|Mike Mitchell||Ringo Jr. and Aragorn||2001-2009|