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The Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit was formed in 1975 and has had six K9 Deputies since the unit was formed. The K9 unit performs a variety of tasks from narcotics and tracking to community outreach and demonstrations.

Currently, the Eagle County Sheriff's Office K9 unit is comprised of one single purpose dog team. There have been discussions within the organization to add a second K9 team to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office in the future. The K9 team is certified in the areas of handler protection, evidence searches, tracking, field searches and narcotics detection. The Eagle County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit is a member of and is certified annually with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA).

The K9 team provide support for many different divisions and units within the Sheriff's Office to include the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, Detentions Center and the Gore Range Narcotics Interdiction Team (GRANITE). Sheriff's Office K9 Teams have also aided many outside agencies over the years to include the FBI, ATF, DEA and numerous other federal, state and local agencies. The K9 Unit is "on call" 365 days a year and responds to a variety of calls within Eagle County. 

The K9 team and equipment are funded through confiscated funds from criminal investigations where illegal proceeds are seized. The office provides all of the necessary items for the dog which include kennels, food, equipment, special patrol cars and veterinary care. 

The current Eagle County Sheriff's Office K9 is a Rhodesian/Shepard mix named "Jake." K9 Jake is assigned to Master Deputy Jacob Best who work together every day. Our K9's live at home with their handlers.