K-9 Unit

The K-9 unit is a specialized team that makes use of the unique senses and abilities that a dog has to offer. The K-9 team is used to:

  • Track suspects or lost individuals
  • Apprehend suspects
  • Protect the K-9 deputy
  • Locate drugs


K-9 handlers and their K-9 partners complete a 16 week training program before being placed into active duty. A deputy assigned to a K-9 partner is also responsible for the dog’s ongoing training and dedicates many hours to honing the dog’s skills. 

Brad and Ragnar Narcotics Award 2017


The Benton County K-9 program has been funded entirely by donations from the community. Thank you to all those community groups, businesses, and individuals who support our K-9 program.