The Okanogan County Sheriff's Canine Unit is currently comprised of two certified
teams. The teams are split into two separate functions; Narcotics and Patrol. The Chief Criminal Deputy
Dave Rodriguez, a former K-9 handler, is the supervisor of the teams.
Our teams are certified under the standards set out by the Washington State Police Canine Association (WSPCA) as well as the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC) . Our teams are available 24 hours/day and respond to many types of calls in all weather conditions. Calls for service include tracking lost persons or persons suspected of committing a crime. Searching for discarded evidence, both known and unknown. Searching for suspects concealed in buildings. Locating prohibited narcotics hidden in vehicles, structures and on persons.
Our Patrol dogs also provide protection for their handlers and deterring ongoing criminal behavior. We also provide a public relations service to the citizens of our county by performing demonstrations, which exhibit the skills needed to accomplish our mission.
The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office K9s have received
three ballistic vests thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest
in K9s, Inc.
A nationwide GROUPON
EVENT that raised over $335,000.00 has made the award possible for the
lastest K9 graduate, Basco. K9’s Ayk and Gunner received vests through
an online event earlier in 2014 that the non-profit hosted for K9’s in WA.
The “Occasions ”
campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab
protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th at 11:59pm
Eastern Standard Time. Vested Interest
in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner
selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation
suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation)
through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase
ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on
the line for the community and their partner.
Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs
nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the
Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in
January of 2014.
All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, "In
Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Police Department".
Interest in K9s, Inc a 501c(3) organization is still accepting donations
through their website:
and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
2013, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as
one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The non-profit raised $155, 537.33 in
just one week, which provide ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in
30 states. There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the
VESTED INTEREST IN K9S, INC.
Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA.
Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other
assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the
United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The
nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with
this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers.
Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
provided 585 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since
organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency
Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the
New K9 graduates as
well as K9's with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is
open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19
months of age.
more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call
508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the
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If you have an emergency or need a deputy to respond, call 911
To file a report over the phone, call the Dispatch Center, (509) 422-7232
Other business call (509) 422-7200 to be directed to the correct location.
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office
123 5th Ave
Okanogan WA, 98840