K-9 Program

Deputy Bob Roberts
K-9 Handler

K-9 Partner - "Idor"
broberts@co.union.oh.us
(937) 645-4100, ext 4321

 

"Idor" is an all Black German Shepherd that was born in Czechoslovakia on September 5, 2006.  Deputy Roberts and "Idor" were trained in Pennsylvania at Strategic Law Enforcement K-9 Traning.  "Idor's" first day of service in Union County was November 5, 2007.


 

 

In Memory of "Jordy"
June 4, 2001 - July 5, 2007

 

 

Why Law Enforcement Uses Dogs

 

Sense of Smell

A K-9's sense of smell is almost 50 times more sensitive than a humans.  They can discern a particular smell even when there are dozens of smells in the area.  A dog can quickly sniff out criminals, drugs, weapons and bombs in situations where a human officer would have to search every inch (a dangerous and time consuming task) and the officer still may not find anything.

Bark

The commanding bark of a well trained dog often leads criminals to surrender.  Criminals cannot intimidate or scare these dogs nor can they reason with them.  The presence of a police dog often times protects an officer a physical confrontation.

Sense of Hearing

K-9's can hear twice as well as people.  They can detect sounds that are too faint for the human ears and even sounds pitched at frequencies above and below a human range.

 

History of Police Dogs

European police forces were using blood hounds as early as the 18th century.  It wasn't until World War I that countries like Belgium and Germany formalized the training process and started using dogs for specific tasks, such as guard duty.  The practice continued through World War II.  Soldiers returningn home brought news of the well trainined dogs being used by both sides of the conflict.

The use of police dogs didn't gain a foothold in the United States until the 1970's.  Today, police dogs are recognized as a vital part of law enforcement and the use of police dogs has grown rapidly in the last five years.