The K-9 program for the Sheriff's Office was re implemented in 1989. During the time we've seen the retirement of four dogs and two handlers going on to other ventures.
Two handlers continued, obtaining two Belgian Melionois in 1993.
Some of the certifications required are Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (O.P.O.T.A.). For both narcotics and patrol with recertification's required every two years. There is also a yearly certification through the United States Police Canine Association (U.S.P.C.A.) for patrol dog and narcotics.
The Sheriff's Office has hosted a National Patrol Dog and Narcotics Certification sessions along with hosting two regional trials.
The K-9 Unit's responsibilities include searching for missing persons, and criminal offenders attempting to evade capture, along with detection of narcotics. The K-9 team is also used in many public demonstrations to include the D.A.R.E. Program.