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K9 Unit




The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department is proud to have a number of canines to complement its law enforcement initiatives. Initially comprised of a single narcotic detector dog and a handler, the CCSD currently has four K-9 teams, overseen by a Sergeant and a Captain. These teams are a tremendous asset to the CCSD’s work in narcotic interdiction, fugitive investigation, locating evidence and lost articles, as well as tracking for search and rescue operations.

Since its inception, the K-9 Unit has been responsible for the seizure of multiple tons of marijuana, hundreds of pounds of cocaine and heroin, participated in thousands of arrests, and assisted more than two dozen federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Additionally, the CCSD’s unit comes at no cost to taxpayers, as the cost of the dog, their training and wellness, are funded by seizures the unit makes.

The CCSD is grateful for the community support the unit receives, and it routinely works with area schools and community groups on drug awareness and prevention.