The K-9 Unit was formed in 2005 with two handlers and two K-9’s.  The K-9’s unique and superior sense of smell makes them an ideal tool for locating suspects, drugs, and other evidence that could possibly be overlooked by officers. They are trained to bite as an apprehension tool, but only in specific circumstances. They are also used to deter individuals who may otherwise choose to run from or obstruct police officers. They have proven to be highly effective at gaining compliance from resistant individuals, thereby saving officers from injury sustained by foot pursuits or physical confrontations.

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Notice regarding COVID-19

Effective March 18th, 2020: Due to COVID-19 concerns, we are closing our lobby until further notice. The health and safety of our community and staff members are of utmost importance. All Non-Essential Services will be suspended until further notice. We ask for your patience during this difficult time as there may be longer than usual waiting times. For more information please contact the Records Department at (775) 353-2243.

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