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K-9 Patrol / Narcotics Units

The Louisa County Sheriff's Office mainly uses Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds for our Patrol/Narcotics canines. These dogs are imported from Europe and typically join the Sheriff's Office when they are between 1-3 years old. European dogs are primarily utilized because they have a strong work ethic and provide our community with the best return for the investment, in time and money that a canine team requires to maintain its level of effectiveness.


Deputy Kevin Miller and K-9 Jary



K9 Jary was born in February of 2011. He was imported from Holland and was purchased and trained by Master Trainer Armin Winkler through Rivanna K9. He is a duel purpose K9, trained in both patrol and narcotics. Jary is patrol certified in tracking, criminal apprehension, building searches, area searches, obedience, handler protection. Jary is drug certified in detecting 6 different narcotics.

One of the first calls Jary assisted with was a Breaking & Entering call, where he located 4 people in the house hiding behind a locked bedroom door. As a K9 team they have assisted the surrounding jurisdictions and also the FBI, DEA, U.S Marshalls and VSP.



Deputy Miller
  • joined the Louisa County Sheriff's Office in 2003 as a Communications Officer.

  • In May 2005, he became a certified Patrol Deputy.

  • In February of 2007, Deputy Miller was promoted to the K9 Division and became the proud handler of K9 Rambo.

  • In April 2007, K9 Rambo completed his certifications and was ready for service.

  • In October of 2014 K9 Rambo was retired at the age of 9 1/2, after 7 1/2 years of service for Louisa County Sheriff's Office

  • In October 2014 Deputy Miller started K9 Handler school at Rivanna K9 with K9 Jary and was certified through the National Association of Professinal Canine Handlers.

  • In Jan 2015 the K9 team was released for duty.


Deputy Bryan Hager and K9 Barney





K9 Barney,  a Dutch Sheppard, was born in Holland in April of 2007 and trained at Rivanna K9, by Master Trainer Armin Winkler. K9 Barney is a duel purpose K9, trained in both patrol and narcotics. He is patrol certified in tracking, criminal apprehension, building searches, area searches, obedience, handler protection.   K9 Barney is drug certified in detecting 6 different narcotics.

In July of 2009, K9 Barney obtained his certifications in beginning of October 2009 and was assigned to a K9 Team. K9 Barney was placed with Deputy Hager in 2013.    In his career, K9 Barney has assisted with over 300 calls for service. Because of his keen sense of smell, K9 Barney has helped to recover four pounds of marijuana on a single traffic stop that also lead to the finding of a firearm, drug paraphernalia, and thousands of dollars in cash. Additionally, K9 Barney located cocaine on a high-risk warrant service that was street valued at over $4000.00. In such a short time, K9 Barney has proven to be a great asset to the community.





Deputy Hager
  • Deputy Hager started his career in Law Enforcement as a Military Police Officer in the U.S. Army

  • Deputy Hager came to the Louisa County Sheriff's Office in May 2011 and after completing the Law Enforcement Academy became a Patrol Deputy.

  • In 2013, Deputy Hager was promoted to the K9 Division and became the handler of K9 Barney.




Deputy Deputy D.J. Hart and K9 Kaeo



K9 Kaeo,  is a three year old Malinois acquired from Brian and China Hamilton of Spotsylvania, owners known for obedience training of schutzhund and performing K9's. Kaeo was trained at Rivanna K9, by Master Trainer Armin Winkler. K9 Kaeo is a duel purpose K9, trained in both patrol and narcotics. He is patrol certified in tracking, criminal apprehension, building searches, area searches, obedience, handler protection. K9 Kaeo is also drug certified in detecting 6 different narcotics.

Kaeo was determined to be an excellent candidate for the Sheriff's Office K9 Unit. To date K9 Kaeo has assisted with over 80 calls for service and has assisted the surrounding jurisdictions, the Town of Louisa, VSP, and the U.S Marshalls.

Some of K9 Kaeo's best calls to date were Kaeo locating a suspect who was wanted and eluding capture for over a year, with previous history of assaulting law enforcement. K9 Kaeo discovered a trap door in the floor of the house where the suspect had entered and was hiding in a crawl space. After announcing the K9 Team would be sent in to locate the suspect, the suspect emerged and was taken into custody without incident. Another call for service was Kaeo was able to locate a suspect, that had a protective order and was harassing a home owner. Suspect was located by Kaeo under a deck in the back yard of the residence and was taken into custody.


Deputy D.J. Hart
  • Started his career with the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's Office as a Patrol Deputy in 2004 and a K9 Handler in 2013.

  • In 2014, Deputy D.J. Hart was hired by Louisa County Sheriff's Office with hopes of becoming a K9 Handler

  • At the end of 2014, Deputy Hart became the handler of K9 Kaeo.



 
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