The Lafayette Police Department (LPD) K9 Unit consists of 5 patrol trained dogs. Four of the K9 Units are assigned to the Uniform Division and 1 is assigned to the Street Crimes Unit.
All of the LPD K9 Units were trained at Von Liche Kennels, located in Denver, Indiana. The K9s are trained in:
K9 Tommy Smiling
Saxton and Boyka
K9 Tommy - K9 Roy
Saxton and Boyka 2
These extremely well-trained teams reinforce their formal training through annual certifications at Von Liche Kennels. They also conduct in-service training, with an average of 16 hours per month. In addition to individual training, the LPD K9 units join with other K9 teams in the Tippecanoe county area for monthly "Metro K9 Unit" training. The dedication of the officers in this unit and their K9 partners is the reason for the success of this program. All of the K9 teams perform extremely well and are an integral part of the drug interdiction efforts of the LPD.
K9 Nando & Officer Brown
K9 Nando was the 1st in our most recent evolution of the LPD K9 program, beginning in 2001. Officer Bob Brown and K9 Nando served the citizens of Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County for several years. K9 Nando and Officer Brown were recognized for their dedicated service at the Lafayette Board of Works meeting on March 13, 2007, upon Nando's retirement.
The K9 officers and their families house the K9's at their homes, provide for their daily care and welfare, and make many personal sacrifices in order to care for the K9's. All of these officers and their K-9s comply with the high standards of the LPD and serve above and beyond their normal duties as officers because of their K-9 duties.
2020 K9 Unit Roster
Officer Ryan French and K9 Roy
K9 Roy is a Dutch Shepherd. He was born on 6/4/2011 in the Netherlands. He has been serving the Lafayette Police Department since October 2013.
Officer Lonnie Wilson and K9 Jeori
Officer Joshua Brainard and K9 Kilo
Joeri is a Belgian Malinois and was born in the Netherlands. He was born on 3/22/2011. Joeri began serving with the department when he was a year old.
Though many pronounce Joeri's name as they read it ("Joe-ri"), but the proper pronunciation is "Yoo-ree". Joeri has a very social personality and LOVES attention when around people and kids, but is a trained dual purpose K9 used in patrol and narcotics detection. Joeri lives at home with his handler and is a big part of his family when away from work.
Kilo is a Belgian Malinois that was born in Poland on November 2, 2018. Kilo was certified as a dual purpose K9 in March 2020 by Vohne Liche Kennels. Kilo has been serving the Lafayette Police Department since March 2020.
Officer Grant Leroux and K9 Cezar
K9 Cezar is a Belgian Malinois. Cezar was born on 03/04/2015 in Slovakia. Cezar was selected on March 20th of 2017 and assigned to Officer Leroux. Cezar enjoys playing with his tennis ball, going on walks, and playing tug.
Officer Austin Schutter and K9 Rocky
Rocky is a Belgian Malinois and was born on 11/27/2013 in Best,Netherlands. He was selected by LPD in October of 2016 and graduated from Vohne Licke Kennels in December of 2016
Retired LPD K9's
At the conclusion of a K9's service to the department and community, they retire and spend the remainder of their years with their handler as a family pet.
K9 Douwe served the Lafayette Police Department from August 2009 through August 2016. Douwe was partnered with Officer Scott Anderson. Douwe passed away 3/5/19.
During his career he was responsible for 312 total apprehensions, 9 bite apprehensions, Marijuana Seized: 17 pounds, Methamphetamine Seized: 115 grams, Heroin Seized: 98 grams, Cocaine Seized: 1.5 pounds, Crack Cocaine Seized: 15 grams
K9 Tommy was a Belgian Malinois partnered with Officer Ron Dombkowski. Tommy was born 11/11/06 In the Netherlands and served the Lafayette Police Department until his retirement in 2017. Tommy passed away 7/6/17.
K9 Jarca was partnered with Officer Ryan French. Jarca was a Belgian Malinois. She was born on 6/30/2003 in the Netherlands and died 12/20/2016. Jarca served the department from September 2006 through April 2014.
During her career she had 1500 deployments, assisted with 145 criminal arrests and 277 narcotic arrests.
K9 Kwando was a Belgian Malinois partnered with Officer Ron Dombkowski. Kwando was born in the Netherlands on 8/29/03 and died 2/20/08. Kwando served the Lafayette Police Department for two and a half years until he died due to an illness.
Kwando was a certified dual purpose narcotics detection K-9 imported to Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana.
K9 Nando was a German Shepard partnered with Officer Bob Brown. Nando was born in Holland on August 1999 and died February 2012. He served on the department from February 2002 through March 2007.