The Sheriff's K-9 Unit consists of four tracking canine teams and one canine team dedicated to narcotic detection. Two of the four tracking canines are crossed trained in narcotic detection and tracking.
The tracking canines are trained to locate, follow, and alert on fresh human scent, which includes suspects who walked or ran away from crime scenes or who barricaded themselves in a building or house.
Narcotic detection teams are trained to locate narcotics in a variety of different locations (i.e. buildings, vehicles, outside areas and more). Each team is trained to locate cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.
Prior to being deployed as a canine team, each handler and canine must complete a minimum amount of hours of basic training and pass the Oregon Police Canine Association (OPCA) Standards and/or the Pacific Northwest Police Detection Dog Association (PNWK9) Standards. These standards are demonstrated annually. Additionally, each team trains weekly to maintain proficiency in tracking and/or narcotic detection.
The K-9 Unit also participates in dozens of public demonstrations every year. Submit your request for a canine presentation.
Sergeant Eamon O'Reilly & K-9 Radar
Sergeant Eamon O'Reilly joined the Sheriff's Office in 2004 with the Jail Division. He moved to the Patrol Division in 2008 and became a member of the K-9 Unit in February of 2015. His canine partner Radar, a purebred Belgian Malinois, was born in California on December 31, 2014. Sergeant O'Reilly and Radar are certified through OPCA to support regular patrol operations. Sergeant O'Reilly and Radar are also part of Washington County's Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT), or SWAT. Sergeant O'Reilly named Radar after the character Corporal "Radar" O'Reilly from the '70s TV series M*A*S*H.
Corporal Micah Akin & K-9 Stark
Corporal Micah Akin joined the Sheriff's Office in 2005 and became a member of the K-9 Unit in August of 2012. His partner Stark, a male Belgian Malinois/Shepherd, was born on April 01, 2011 in California. The team is dually certified to support regular patrol operations through OPCA as well as narcotics detection through OPCA and PNWK9. After overcoming an otherwise career-ending surgery on both his legs in 2017, Stark miraculously went on to earn his 200th capture in 2019.
Deputy Don Maller & K-9 Taz
Deputy Don Maller joined the Sheriff's Office in 2005 and became a member of the K-9 unit in September 2013. Taz, a purebred German Shepard, was born on July 17, 2012 in Slovakia. Taz arrived in the United States before his first birthday and has been with the Sheriff's Office since July 2013. Taz is a narcotics detection canine and alerts to the odors of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
Deputy Michael Zaugg & K-9 Bolo
Deputy Michael Zaugg Joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2010 and became a member of the K-9 unit in February of 2015. His partner, Bolo, joined the team in the beginning of 2020. Bolo is a purebred German Shepherd, born in Hungary on May 8, 2018. Deputy Zaugg and Bolo are certified through OPCA to support regular patrol operations. They are also part of the Washington County Tactical Negotiations Team (TNT), or SWAT. Bolo was named after the acronym, “BOLO,” that police use when they want other agencies to “be on the lookout” for suspects or criminal activity.
Deputy Justin Pelletteri & K-9 Maize
Deputy Justin Pelletteri joined the Sheriff's Office in 2008 and became a member of the K-9 Unit in March of 2019. His partner, Maize, a male Dutch Shepherd, was born on December 22, 2016 in the Netherlands. The team is certified to support regular patrol operations through OPCA. Maize is named for the winningest collegiate football team of all time, The University of Michigan Wolverines, whose colors are Maize and Blue. Although Maize has more captures in 2020 than the team has wins, Maize still enthusiastically supports his namesake every Saturday. Go Blue!