The K-9 Unit is an enhanced
support function for the Patrol Unit and other departmental units. The K-9
Unit's primary functions are to respond to calls of incidents with armed or
dangerous suspects, in-progress felonies, tracking missing persons or
suspects, crowd control, building searches, searches for articles or
evidence (including narcotics), and public demonstrations.
The K-9 Team, comprised of one
handler and one dog, undergoes rigorous training before being used as a
team. Once certified through the State of Ohio, the K-9 Team is subject to
continual training in all areas that the team may be used.
The Tiffin Police Department K-9
Team is a Dual Purpose team, meaning they specialize in both patrol work and
detection work. Patrol work includes tracking missing persons and suspects,
building searches, and suspect apprehensions. Detection work includes
searching for illegal narcotics.
If you would like to schedule a
K-9 Demonstration for your group or organization, please contact Ofc. Jake
DeMonte by email (email@example.com)
or phone (419-447-2323).
The Tiffin Police Departmentís current K-9
is a Belgian Malinois named Andy, born March 2011. K-9 Andy is named after
two fallen Ohio Officers: State Trooper Andy Baldridge and Sandusky PD
Officer Andy Dunn. K-9 Andy was purchased from Mohawks Malinois in Bowling
K-9 Andy was partnered with Officer Jake
DeMonte in March 2012. They trained for 6 weeks at Lynnwoods Kennels in
Fremont, Ohio. They are certified through the State of Ohio (OPOTA), and
North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) in both patrol work and
K-9 Andy and Ofc. DeMonte undergo regular
training to maintain proficiency in both patrol and detection work.
K-9 Andy lives with Ofc. DeMonte and his family.