There’s a new K-9 in Town

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The Mason County Sheriff’s Office announced last week that it has brought aboard its first K-9 partner since 1999.

“Kona,” whose specialty is sniffing out narcotics, is already working the streets with Deputy Sean Dodge. And deputies already have a story of success to tell on her behalf.

From a recent Mason County Sheriff’s Office press release:

In a recent contact of several people, one of the individuals dropped some illicit narcotics on the ground in an attempt conceal them from officers. “Kona” alerted Deputy Dodge immediately causing Deputy Dodge to seize them as evidence.


Also pictured here is Washington State Patrol Trooper Mat Wood along with his K-9 partner “Dilly.” Both dogs were discovered through the state patrol’s efforts.

More from the release:

The officers and their K-9 partners attended the 239 hour K-9 academy which ran from September 24 through November 10 at the Washington State Patrol Academy in Shelton.

Here’s an updated list of all Kitsap and North Mason K-9s that I know of (sans the state patrol’s ferry bomb-sniffing dogs, as they like to keep that info private). If anyone knows of any changes to this, let me know.

Mason County Sheriff’s Office
K-9 Kona, narcotics detection dog, handler is Deputy Sean Dodge

Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office
K-9 Ryker, general service dog, handler is Deputy Aaron Baker
K-9 Elco, general service dog, handler is Deputy Alan Langguth
K-9 Bud, narcotics detection dog, handler is Deputy Scott Eberhard

Bremerton Police Department
K-9 Lance, narcotics detection dog, handler is Officer Billy Renfro
K-9 Tabor, general service dog, handler is Officer Brian Johnson

Suquamish Police Department
K-9 Druid, narcotics detection dog, handler is Officer Rich McDonnell
K-9 Rascal, narcotics detection dog, handler is Sergeant Jeff Crippen

Port Orchard Police Department
K-9 Amber, narcotics detection dog, handler is Officer Randy Ernst

Poulsbo Police Department
K-9 Aico, general service dog, handler is Officer Justin Gillen

Bainbridge Island Police Department
K-9 Rusty, general service dog, handler is Lieutenant Dale Johnson

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