K-9 Unit

McLean County K-9 Unit:

In the fall of 2017, Sheriff Jon Sandage appointed Deputy Andy Burns as one of our K-9 handlers with Rico. In the spring of 2018, Deputy Dakotah Metzke was appointed as our second K-9 handler with Shadow. After successfully completing the twelve week training course, both Deputies and their Canines are out on the roads continuing the war on crime.

Two police officers standing with their dogs.

Full-Service Unit

Both Rico and Shadow are considered full-service K-9's because they are certified in the following areas:

  • Area Searches
  • Article Searches
  • Criminal Apprehension
  • Criminal Tracks
  • Narcotics Detection
  • Obedience

The MCSO K-9 Unit works and trains closely with other local police K-9 units and is proud to serve and protect the citizens of McLean County.

Recognizing Past K-9 Units:

The McLean County Sheriff’s Office would also like to recognize our past K-9 units and thank them all for their efforts and hard work over the years.

  • Deputy Sheriff Brian Sparrow / Canine Onzo
  • Deputy Sheriff Mike McGuire / Canine Atlas
  • Deputy Sheriff Joe Zoeller / Canine Harro and Canine Ringo
  • Deputy Sheriff Carl Boyd / Canine Markus
  • Deputy Sheriff Glen Wagner / Canine Ringo and Canine Lazer
  • Deputy Sheriff Jason Tuttle / Canine Keej
  • Deputy Sheriff Jon Albee / Canine Keej
  • Deputy Sheriff William Burns / Canine Rico