In 1995 the Sheriff's Office purchased two dogs, one for the purpose of narcotics detection and the other for
tracking criminals and lost persons. In 1996 the Sheriff expanded the unit to include the first cross trained dog
to be utilized by both Narcotics and Patrol Divisions. Since that time the Unit has grown to five dogs, four
are assigned to Patrol while the remaining one works in the detention center.
One of our handlers has recently certified as a K9 trainer for the agency through K-2 Solutions. During the
past year the K-9 unit has been the most utilized specialized division within the Sheriff's Office. Their
performances have led to numerous criminal apprehensions, drug and money seizures, and evidence recovery. The K-9
unit has also conducted several public demonstrations through out Cleveland County. If you have any questions
about the K-9 division please contact Sergeant Justin Etters at 704-484-4797.
Not pictured: K-9 Deputy Todd Martin and K-9 Pepper.