The Sheriff’s Office has formed a new K-9 program to augment its Operations Division and assist other local agencies. The program is funded through contributions from public and private sources here in Tuolumne County.
The addition of a K-9 Unit greatly enhances the agency’s ability to apprehend criminal suspects and locate hidden narcotics which translates to a safer community for everyone. Since our K-9 team was brought online, we have saved hundreds of man hours during building and vehicle searches at a much higher level of safety for law enforcement officers. The K-9 Unit also provides demonstrations at schools and businesses upon request and has participated in many community events such as parades and rodeos.
During working hours, the K-9 team patrols parks, schools, business complexes, college campuses, and is regularly called to the scene of burglary alarms, foot pursuits etc. Our canine is a “dual purpose” dog, meaning he is trained to apprehend criminals as well as perform narcotics detection. He has also helped locate lost children, hikers, and developmentally disabled persons.
It is the desire of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office to provide the safest environment possible for its residents and visitors. To that end, we will strive to add more K-9 teams as it becomes possible to do so. We count on donations and support from our community to make this a reality.