Law enforcement agencies throughout the world have long recognized the value of properly trained police service dogs. These animals, when appropriately utilized, have time and time again proved themselves instrumental in achieving the objectives and missions of the law enforcement agency. The police K-9, due to its strength, agility, courage, and amazing olfactory capabilities can be utilized to assist law enforcement in various tasks in a more thorough and efficient manner.
Because of these attributes, some police service dogs can be utilized to assist in searching for potentially violent criminals, aid in the apprehension of fleeing criminals who may place innocent community members or other police officers at risk of injury. The dogs also offer the department an effective public relations tool to disseminate information about the Police Department's mission, functions, and crime fighting efforts.
The Vernon Police Department K9 unit is a part of the patrol division. K9 officers are not only expected to answer their calls for service, they are also asked to perform various K9 duties. These new duties include, but are not limited to, criminal apprehension, tracking of suspects and/or missing persons, building searches, evidence recovery, narcotic detection, and any other task the team is capable of performing.
The Vernon Police Department K9 unit dates back to 1913 when Captain Krause was presented with two bloodhounds for the purpose of tracking missing people.The K9 program is still to this day an integral part of the Vernon Police Department.
The following are all of the known RPD/VPD K9 Handlers known to date:
(Rockville PD) OFC Robert Kjellquist with K9 Sultan
(Rockville PD) OFC Herman Fritz with K9 Ceasar
OFC Robert O'Gara with K9 Strider
OFC Tod Richardson with K9 Bo
OFC Barry Foster with K9 Alex
OFC John Kelley with K9 Astor
OFC James Grady with K9 Covey and K9 Ivan
OFC David Hatheway with K9 Jimmy and K9 Pito
OFC Christopher Hunt with K9 Narko
OFC Dan Macaulay with K9 Pito
Fallen VPD K9 Memorial Page