The Columbia County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit currently consists of Deputy Tyler Henriksen partnered with K9 Artus, Deputy Travis Lange partnered with K9 Jax, Sergeant Jordan Haueter partnered with K9 Mattis, and our newest team who are recently trained and deployed, Deputy Ronald Stage partnered with K9 Riley. They are all assigned to the patrol division.
The current K9 Unit started in 1995 with now retired K9 Ispi. Typically dogs sought by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office are trained in drug detention, tracking, article searches, handler protection, criminal apprehension, building searches and area searches.
All Columbia County Sheriff's Office K9 teams are required to go through monthly training in the above areas. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office dogs are certified through American Police Canine Association.
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 K9 Unit lies in the mere presence on the street. The psychological and deterring effect cannot be measured. This helps assist the Columbia County Sheriff's Office with its primary function of preserving life and property.
Any questions or comments can be directed to
Captain Jason Kocovsky (608) 742-4166
Additional K9 Unit History