The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit began in 1986 with one handler and K-9 assigned to Patrol Services. The enormous
benefit in utilizing canines in the apprehension of criminals and evidence detection was immediately evident. This resulted
in the addition of a second Canine Unit in 1987.
Currently the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has two K-9 Teams in service. Deputy Gordon Carroll with K-9 “Thor” (a Belgian Malinois), and Deputy James Cook with K-9 “Orry” (a German shepherd).
All Sheriff’s Office K-9s are dual purpose dogs, meaning they are trained in two separate disciplines. The current K-9s are
trained in both apprehension and narcotics detection which includes:
- Area searches
- Building Searches
- Officer protection
- High risk warrant arrests
- Felony car stops
- Suspect apprehension
- Narcotics Detection
- Riot Control
- Public demonstrations
The Sheriff’s Office utilizes German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois as K-9s due to their overall fitness for patrol work.
The dogs have excellent noses, great strength, long endurance, good speed and easily trainable. In other words they are an
excellent all around dog for law enforcement purposes.
The Sheriff’s Office Canine Teams are assigned as rove cars on patrol, which provides better response to in-progress type
calls within Arapahoe County and the City of Centennial.
Canines are assigned to one specific deputy, living with the deputy and his 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
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.
Past and current Canine Handlers and their partners:
|Vincent Cecilione and K-9 “Atlas”
|Mark Campbell and K-9 “Deacon”
|Bruce Hayward and K-9 “Rico”
|Todd Marner and K-9 “Darth”
|Jay Hawkins and K-9 “Arco”
|Mark Ortler and K-9’s “Arco” & “Luke”
|Jim Wunderlich and K-9’s “Ringo”& “Ringo Jr.”
|Gordon Carroll and K-9’s “J.R.” & “Max”
|Mike Mitchell and K-9’s “Ringo Jr.” & “Aragorn”
|James Cook and K-9 "Aragon"
||2009 - 2010
|James Cook and K-9 "Orry"
||2010 - Current
|Gordon Carroll and K-9 "Thor"
||2011 - Current