The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program started in 1992 with one team. The program presently has four teams consisting of one handler and one dog each. Three of the teams are dual purpose dogs for patrol work and drug detection. K9 Bailey is a single purpose drug detection K9. Specialized breeder/trainers import the K-9 dogs and both handlers and dogs complete extensive training prior to certification. These teams take enforcement action, conduct evidence collection, provide security, provide public education, and assist with crime prevention.
In patrol, they have received training in:
Drug Detection Training
In drug detection, they have received training on locating five specific narcotic odors. Specialized breeder / trainers import the K-9 dogs and both handlers and dogs complete extensive training prior to certification. These teams: