The Klamath Falls Police Department Canine Unit consists of four dual-trained canines. The canines are raised and trained in Europe and then brought to Southern Police Canine in Spring Hope, North Carolina.
Once the canines are selected, the officer will attend a six week handler’s course to be trained and bond with their new partner.
The canines are trained in Dutch and Czechoslovakian commands. The canines are trained in tracking, article search, building search, area search and handler/canine protection. Each team is dual-trained in either four (4) narcotics scents or nine (9) explosives scents.
Each canine team works one of the four shifts, allowing the department to have a canine protecting the city at all times. Each canine team handles an average of 200 canine calls per year.
All four canines were purchased by generous donations from our community.
Corporal Thomas is working with his second partner, “Bosco,” after retiring his first partner, “Sirus,” in 2008. “Bosco” is a Belgium Malinois and is dual-trained in partrol/narcotics. “Bosco” started serving the city of Klamath Falls in November of 2008.
Officer Warner is working with his partner, “Achilles.” “Achilles” is a German Shepherd and is dual-trained in patrol/explosives. “Achilles” started serving the city of Klamath Falls in November of 2005.
Officer Fox is working with his partner, “Gunner.” “Gunner” is a Belgium Malinois and is dual- trained in patrol/narcotics. “Gunner” started serving the city of Klamath Falls in November of 2007.
Officer Benson is working with his new partner, “Kilo.” “Kilo” is a Belgium Malinois and is dual- trained in patrol/narcotics. “Kilo” started serving the city of Klamath Falls in March of 2011.