Ventura County Deputy Sheriff, Jon Carver and K-9 German shepherd, Tommy, present a public service announcement about the Sheriff’s K-9 team. The unit provides specialized law enforcement in the patrol environment by assisting in situations where the safety of officers or the general public is at risk.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s K9 Unit was established in May 1986 with one dog and a deputy handler. It has now grown to six full-time German shepherd dog teams.

The teams are stationed in Ventura, Fillmore, Ojai, Camarillo, Moorpark, and Thousand Oaks. All of the teams are cross-trained in narcotics detection and all teams are on call 24 hours a day.

The K-9 teams participate in a regularly scheduled weekly training program. K-9 patrol teams are routinely used in various high-risk situations as building and open area searches, tracking of suspects, and evidence location.

The K-9 unit recently added a seventh K-9 team with a narcotics detection trained black Labrador, assigned specifically to Detention Services. The teams are popular participants in various public demonstrations. Like no other program within the Sheriff’s Department, the K-9 unit is funded by donations from the communities served.



Director: Petrina Sharp

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