Our program includes 1 Explosives K-9, 1 Fish and Wildlife K-9 and 9 Drug Detection K-9s. A variety of dog breeds fill out our K-9 Program, including, but not limited to, Springer Spaniel, Labrador Retriever and Belgian Malinois. Our selection process is based on a K-9s personality, high drive, workability and intense desire for tracking and detection.
To ensure everyone's safety, never approach or attempt to pet any law enforcement K-9 without permission from the handler. Although our K-9s may appear docile and friendly, they are working dogs, not pets. A law enforcement K-9 may become defensive and can bite without warning.
Teams: To become a handler, Troopers must be selected through a highly competitive application process. Once selected, Troopers are required to attend a basic handler course, certify as a team and renew their certification annually. To maintain a high level of proficiency and reliability, handlers train with their K-9 an average of 4 hours per week. View our K9s here.
Fish and Wildlife: The newest addition, Buck, is the first Wildlife Detection K-9 in the State of Oregon. He is trained to detect human scent, hunting and fishing articles as well as wildlife such as elk, deer, bear, salmon and steelhead. Buck will be deployed across the state to assist with fish and wildlife enforcement and aid in the apprehension of poachers.
Drug Detection: K-9 teams assist in the detection of illegal drugs, recovery of stolen property and the arrest of wanted persons on our highways and in local communities. These teams work closely with other Troopers, Drug Enforcement Detectives, as well as City, County and Federal law enforcement agencies. Our Drug Detection K-9 roster includes: Mako, Max, Falko, Harley, Marley, Ore, Mick, Nero and Titan. Although each of our K-9s are special, Titan's story is a heartwarming one. Not only was he obtained through a rescue facility, he is now successfully trained as a Drug Detection K-9.
Explosive Detection: This K-9 team is located at the State Capitol and responds to calls for service and assistance throughout the state. Arty and his handler were trained at the Washington State Patrol K-9 Academy. We are grateful to WSP for their assistance and support in developing this program in Oregon. Arty is trained to detect a multitude of explosive materials; Arty and his handler have worked at numerous public locations and events since teaming up in 2018.