The Douglas County Sheriff's Office currently has two deputies assigned to the K-9 Unit: Deputy Brian Witt with K-9 Talon and Deputy Cory Fossum with K-9 Raptor.
Talon joined the Sheriff's Office in April of 2014, after the unexpected retirement of K-9 Beau due to a medical condition.
Raptor joined the Sheriff's Office in June of 2017.
The Sheriff's office utilizes K-9 officers for various high-risk situations such as building and open area searches, tracking of suspects, evidence location, search and rescue, and drug interdiction.
The K-9's are also trained to protect their handler and to hold a violent or dangerous person and prevent their escape. The K-9 team members are on-call 24-hours a day.
While patrol work, narcotics detection, and training consume a major portion of the unit's time, team members frequently perform many other assignments, including demonstrations for children's groups, school events and community organizations. They are often called upon by other law enforcement agencies to assist with law enforcement related duties.
K-9 Beau with his first big "find". 17 pounds of marijuana off the streets.