K-9 Unit

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit currently consists of Deputy Darrell Ward and K-9 Maverick and Deputy Brad Graff and K-9 Recon. They are assigned to the patrol division.

The current K-9 Unit started in 1995 with now retired K-9 Ispi. Typically dogs sought by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office are trained in drug detection, tracking, and article searches and is trained in handler protection, criminal apprehension, building searches, and area searches.

All Columbia County Sheriff's Office K-9 teams are required to go through monthly training in the above areas. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office dogs are certified through North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA).

The dogs' detection ability enables the handler to conduct thorough and complete searches with minimal time and personnel as well as increasing safety to officers.

Each dog lives with its assigned handler.

Throughout the year, this team is available to assist wherever needed anywhere in the county.

The main value of the K-9 Unit lies in the mere presence on the street. The psychological effect and deterrent effect cannot be measured. This helps assist the Columbia County Sheriff's Office with its primary function of preserving life and property.

K-9 Maverick

K9 Maverick is a German Shepherd Dog (GSD) imported from the Czech Republic and trained as a Dual Purpose Patrol K9. His responsibilities include Criminal apprehension, Handler Protection, Tracking, Area Searches, Building Searches, Article/Evidence recovery and Narcotic Detection. Maverick was trained at the St. Paul Police K9 academy as a passive alert Narcotics Detection K9. Maverick is cared for by Deputy Darrell Ward and works in a patrol function with his handler.

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K-9 Recon

K9 Recon is a two year old German Shepherd Dog (GSD) imported from Holland and trained as a Dual Purpose Patrol K9. His responsibilities include Criminal apprehension, Handler Protection, Tracking, Area Searches, Building Searches, Article/Evidence recovery and Narcotic Detection. Recon was trained at Southern Police K9 Institute as an aggressive alert Narcotics Detection K9. Recon is cared for by Deputy Brad Graf and works in a patrol function with his handler.
Deput Graf and K-9 Recon

Any questions or comments can be directed to
Lt. Roger Brandner at (608) 742-4166 or email.

Additional K-9 Unit History