The Delta County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit consists of Sergeant Keith Sanders and K9 Oxx. Sergeant Sanders has been handling and training K9’s for 14 years. He is a instructor with the National Police Canine Association. Sergeant Sanders and K9 Oxx are members of the Colorado Police Canine Association. K9 Oxx is 11 years old and will be retiring in the year 2020. K9 Oxx is a dual purpose K9, meaning he in trained in illegal narcotics, tracking (dementia patients, lost children, or criminals), area searches, building searches, and criminal apprehension.
K9 Oxx is a huge asset to the Sheriff’s Office and Delta County. K9 Oxx participates in many school functions including pet/animal safety. The children get to physically meet K9 Oxx . K9 Oxx participates in many community events as well.
Training is a major factor when operating a K9 Unit. The minimum training hours per month, which is a standard recognized by the Courts, is 16 hours. Usually that breaks down into four hours a week. Trainings are held both locally and in neighboring counties. The K9 team is required to certify annually with the Colorado Police Canine Association and the National Police Canine Association.
The K9 Unit is primarily operated on donations. The donations cover the cost of special training, equipment, and medical expenses. Donations are always welcome and very much appreciated and can be made to the Delta County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit. In law enforcement today, Officers are met with many obstacles and challenges, making life threatening decisions in a split second. Statistics show that when a law enforcement K9 team arrives on scene, nine out of 10 people surrender peacefully. That is a win for the officers and the community.
The K9 Unit would like the community to remember this…The K9 is the only tool available to officers today that once deployed can be recalled, and more importantly, K9 is a tool that cannot be used against the officer by a suspect. The Delta County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is committed to serving the Delta County community in the fight on drugs and crime. The K9 Unit thanks you for your continued support!