K9

CANINE TEAMS

The Okanogan County Sheriff's Canine Unit is currently comprised of two certified teams. The teams are split into two separate functions; Patrol and Narcotics. The Operations Sergeant, Gene Davis, a former K-9 handler, is the supervisor of the teams.

Our teams are certified under the standards set out by the Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA) as well as the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC) .

Our teams are available 24 hours/day and respond to many types of calls in all weather conditions. Calls for service include tracking lost persons or persons suspected of committing a crime.

Searching for discarded evidence, both known and unknown. Searching for suspects concealed in buildings. Locating prohibited narcotics hidden in vehicles, structures and on persons.

Our Patrol dogs also provide protection for their handlers and deterring ongoing criminal behavior. We also provide a public relations service to the citizens of our county by performing demonstrations that exhibit the skills needed to accomplish our mission.

K9 Ayk
The Okanogan County Sheriff's Office K9s have received three ballistic vests thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.

Gunnar Meth Find - Copy Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014.

All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department".

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc a 501c(3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: www.vik9s.org and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

 In 2013, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of The Best of 2013 campaigns. The non-profit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which provide ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states.  There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.
ABOUT VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.

 Okanogan County Sheriff's Office K9 Havoc has received body armor

Okanogan County Sheriff's Office K9 Havoc has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.. K9 Havocs vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Chive on Seattle and embroidered with the sentiment Donated by Chive Seattle.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,100 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.9 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

 The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate. 

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 & $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Tony Hawley

Sheriff

Current teams

K9 Lando
K9 LandoPolice Dog
K9 Elsa
Under Construction

Our retired Teams

Havoc & Tait
Police DogHavoc is a Belgian Malinois that served OCSO from 2015-2022.

Effective March 01, 2022, at 1800, K9 Havoc will be considered retired from active duty after having provided outstanding, faithful and loyal service to Okanogan County and its citizens.

K9 Havoc had many successes over his years of service. As a multipurpose canine, he’s tracked and apprehended violent felons, located evidence in crimes, sniffed out illegal drugs, and operated with the North Central Washington Special Response Team.

One of a K9s most important traits is their innate ability to be social and a member of the pack. Over the years, he and his handler, Sergeant Everett, have conducted demonstrations all over the county to hundreds of people. The K9 program not only provides protection for its citizens, but promotes a positive relationship between law enforcement and the public - because everyone wants to pet the K9!

Havoc was purchased in 2015 with the kind donation of a local community member.

Havoc's protective vest was donated by Vested Interest.
The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Gunner & Gene
K9 GunnerPolice Dog
Ayk & Tait

Police Dog
K9 Ayk was handed by Sergeant Tait Everett. K9 Ayk was retired from service in 2015 and has since passed away.
Kobi & Kevin
Police Dog
Sgt. Kevin Arnold

Kobi is seen here with his handler Sgt. Kevin Arnold. Kobi was a  "Gray" German Shepherd from East Germany. Kobi had been trained in "Shutzhund" which is German for (protection dog), tracking and obedience. Kobi retired and lived with his handler Sgt Kevin Arnold but has since passed away.
Fredy & Gene
fredy
Sgt. Gene Davis

Retired K9 Fredy passed away after becoming ill in December of 2013.
Jake & Kevin
Police DogDeputy Kevin Kinman

K-9 Jake is a Pointer, Lab, Dalmatian mix. Jake came from an Everett humane society in Sept 2003. Jake was a narcotics detection K9 for the Sheriff's Office. Jake is now retired and lives with his handler Deputy Kevin Kinman.
Echo & Laura
K-9 Echo was a Belgian Malinois that worked for the Office since 2002. K-9 Echo retired and lived with her handler Deputy Laura Wright until her passing.Police Dog