The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office utilizes K-9 officers for search and rescue, bomb detection, as well as drug interdiction. Delaware County currently has 5 K-9's. The sheriff's office utilizes "dual purpose" K-9's. Currently there are 3 narcotics/patrol dogs and 2 bomb/patrol dogs. The K-9 unit is a self sufficient unit that does not rely on the general budget. All money used for the unit is utilized from drug seizures and a 1 week K-9 recertification that the unit hosts every year. The money generated from this training takes care of dog food, medical expenses and any equipment needed by the unit. The unit trains 16 hours a month and recertify every year to stay in compliance with federal guidelines. The unit hosts 2 training days a month and several other K-9 units attend the training. Deputy Lenny Popp is a certified K-9 trainer thru Vohn Lich Kennels. Generally when the department purchases a new K-9 from VLK, Deputy Popp certifies the unit saving the department approximately $5,000 in cost. The handlers take the K-9's home with them and are responsible for the K-9's on & off duty. When a K-9 retires they are given to the handler by the department and the handler then assumes all responsibilities of the retired K-9. The K-9 units complete several K-9 demonstrations during the year and if anyone is interested please contact the department.
Delaware County K-9 History
Deputy John Siscoe & K-9 Zeus Deputy Steve Case & K-9 Bell
Deputy Jack Gray & K-9 Dagger Deputy Jack Gray & K-9 Andor
Deputy Mike Gibbs & K-9 Faulk Deputy George Sheridan & K-9 Heri
Deputy Scott Brand & K-9 Clip Deputy Scott Brand & K-9 Condor
Deputy Lenny Popp & K-9 Youri Deputy Dave Williams & K-9 Torro
K9-1 Brian Franklin & K-9 Eros (narcotics detection & patrol)
K-9 Eros is a Belgium Malinois originally from Holland. Eros was purchased by the department in 2006 from VLK. The money to purchase Eros was donated by the Delaware County Coordinating Council. K-9 Eros & Brian are currently assigned to the midnight shift and have assisted in several apprehensions. Eros & Franklin attended a 5 week narcotic/patrol school here in Delaware County with K-9 trainer Lenny Popp. K-9 Eros has made several large narcotics arrests at our local Fed-Ex. His last find was over 3lbs of marijuana that the suspects had heat sealed, placed motor oil and fabric softener sheets inside the box to mask the odor. K-9 Eros sniffed out the illegal marijuana and made a great case for the Delaware County Drug Task Force. K-9 Eros is considered one of the best narcotics/patrol dog in the state by most handlers. Eros has a great temperament and wants to be petted by everyone.
K9-2 Scott Brand & K-9 Phoenix (bomb detection & patrol)
K-9 Phoenix is a Belgium Malinois and originally from Holland. Phoenix is the newest K-9 to the unit being purchased in September of 2012 from VLK. Phoenix was originally trained for the special ops community of the military and completed the entire training required by a special ops K-9 but eventually was not needed. Phoenix was purchased by funds from a local business owner. Phoenix & Brand attended a 5 week bomb/patrol school here in Delaware County with K-9 trainer Lenny Popp. K-9 Phoenix & Brand are assigned to the day shift patrol and are members of our very active EOD Team. The two have already assisted in the capture of a suspect wanted for attempted murder of police officer and shooting suspect. Phoenix is extremely social and wants loved on and will let you know he wants some love. Phoenix has an extremely hard bite but is very social when he is suppose to be. Deputy Brand in October 2012 retired veteran K-9 Condor after 12 years of service. Deputy Condor had a great career and is now retired and living at home with Deputy Brand. Thanks for your years of service Condor and enjoy retirement.
K9-3 Lenny Popp & K-9 Balto (narcotics & patrol)
K-9 Balto is a Belgium Malinois and originally from Holland. Balto is the crafty veteran purchased in 2001 by the department from VLK and originally handled by Deputy Curtis. In 2007 Popp started handling Balto after his partner K-9 Youri passed away. K-9 Balto was purchased using money generated by the K-9 unit. Balto & Popp attended a 5 week narcotic/patrol school here in Delaware County. Popp & Balto are assigned to the day shift patrol and are members of the SWAT Team. K-9 Balto is an extremely obedient and loyal and they complete several K-9 demonstrations every year. K-9 Balto has stacked up quite a list of burglars and thieves and have gotten to know them on a personal level.
K9-4 Stash Hellis & K-9 Boo (narcotics & patrol)
K-9 Boo is a Belgium Malinois from Holland and is considered a "blue Mal" due to the blue tint on his face. Boo was purchased by the department in April of 2010 from VLK by a donation from the Delaware Coordinating Council. Boo & Hellis attended a 5 week narcotic/patrol school in Delaware County with K-9 trainer Lenny Popp. Hellis & Boo are currently assigned to the afternoon shift and have been involved in many criminal apprehensions. Boo is extremely high energy and his leaping abilities might impress Michael Jordan. If you see a Delaware County K-9 vehicle and hear the K-9 barking that would be boo letting you know he is here and he is the "man".
K9-5 Dave Williams & K-9 Torro (explosives)
K-9 Torro is a Belgium Malinois from Holland and was originally trained by the U.S. Military. Torro is retired from the military and was purchased by funds generated by the K-9 unit in June of 2011. Torro served several tours overseas and received several accolades from the military for his services. Torro & Williams attended a 5 week bomb detection school in Delaware County with K-9 trainer Lenny Popp. Williams & Torro are currently assigned to the afternoon shift and also on the EOD team. Torro has found several explosives for the EOD team and has had countless deployments. When Torro is off lead running around he will spit a red Kong ball at you wanting you to throw it as many times as you want. When Torro is on lead with his handler one must keep his distance from Williams. Torro is extremely loyal to Dave and will protect him at all costs.
End of Tour 4/3/13
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is sad to advise that K-9 Torro had to be put to sleep due to an illness and is protecting the angels. Torro we will miss you!
RIP Kilo K-9 Memorial RIP Magnum
On May 18th there was a special dedication in Anderson at the Loose Funeral Home. The Loose family had a K-9 statue made in honor of K-9's that have served the communities and departments of Madison & Delaware Counties. The K-9 memorial included the names of over 70 K-9's. The Loose family will continue to honor K-9's by adding names as the K-9's serve and pass. A special honor was made for K-9's Kilo & Magnum of the Anderson Police Department who were both killed last year in the line of duty.