The trained law enforcement canine possesses keen senses of sight, hearing and smell. When teamed with properly trained handlers, these attributes can greatly aid in the search for criminal suspects, lost or missing persons, narcotics and evidence. It is the policy of the Sheriff's Office to maintain and utilize K-9 Teams for these specialized activities.
The Patrol K-9 Team utilizes a Belgian Malinois, which is trained and certified to track suspects, locate narcotics and evidence, search buildings and to apprehend criminal suspects.
The K-9 Tracking Team utilizes Bloodhounds to track persons - on any terrain type, in any climate, at any time of day. They can track a person from a last known location or by way of a scent article that is presented to the Bloodhound.
BCSO K9 Buck lost his battle with bone cancer in 2014. Buck was a Belgian Malinois who was 10 1/2 years old. In 2006, Buck was partnered with Sgt Jeff Lauver who remained his partner throughout Buck's entire law enforcement career at BCSO. Buck was removed from active duty status in mid-December 2013 and Lauver continued to be his caregiver until his final passing.