K-9 Unit

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit is a part of the Operations Division and currently deploys eighteen K-9 teams, which is the K-9 and its handler.

The purpose of the K-9 Unit is to provide the citizens of Richland County with trained police service dogs to help locate illegal drugs, apprehend fleeing felons, detect explosive devices and find lost/missing persons. To accomplish this, the unit utilizes eighteen police service dogs. With the exception of one electronics detection dog and one explosives detection dog, all of the dogs are full-service dogs, meaning they are trained in multiple skill sets: drug detection or explosives detection, tracking, patrol. Each dog has proven on numerous occasions to be an asset to the department and the community as a whole.

Each dog must be trained and certified/re-certified in all trained skill sets. As officers must be continuously trained in law enforcement, so must police dogs. Most of the training is conducted by the unit’s handlers and trainer several times a week. The K-9 Unit also invites other agencies to attend training sessions to assist in the training of their dogs, as Richland County has one of the most respected and successful K-9 Units in the state.

Sheriff Lott standing in front of K9 memorial with two dogs
Lt. Alan Cox & K-9 Kai

Lt. A. Cox
K-9 Kai

Sgt. Josh Newsom

Sgt. J. Newsom
K-9 Bali

Cpl. Gavin Walmsley & K-9 Emy

Cpl. G. Walmsley
K-9 Emy

Dep. Caughman & K-9 Vegas

M/Dep. J. Caughman
K-9 Vegas

Dep. Kevin Coghlan & K-9 BascoOscar

Dep. K. Coghlan
K-9 Kodak

Dep. Ellison

Dep. A. Ellison
K-9 Kane

Dep. Zachary Keefe & K-9 Mexx

Dep. Z. Keefe
K-9 Mexx

Dep. John McDevitt & K-9 Titus

Dep. J. McDevitt
K-9 Titus

Dep. Samantha Ramirez & K-9 Indy

Dep. S. Ramirez
K-9 Indy

Dep. Jeffrey Rustin & K-9 Sindia

Dep. J. Rustin
K-9 Sindia

Dep. Christopher Sinceno & K-9 Riko

Dep. C. Sinceno
K-9 Riko

Dep. Cody Sox & K-9 Gavin

Dep. C. Sox
K-9 Gavin

Dep. William Taylor

Dep. W. Taylor
K-9 Kobe

K-9s Assigned to Specialized Units

Lt. G. Becker & K-9 Rocco

Fugitive Task Force
Lt. G. Becker
K-9 Rocco

Cpl. W. Cavanagh & K-9 Biko

Fugitive Task Force
Sgt. W. Cavanagh
K-9 Biko

Inv. W. Cobia & K-9 Buddy

Special Response Team
and Bomb Squad

Inv. W. Cobia
K-9 Buddy

Inv. C. Radford & K-9 Oakley

Special Victims Unit
Inv. C. Radford
K-9 Oakley

Deputy Merriman & K-9 Rudy

Special Response Team
Deputy S. Merriman
K-9 Rudy