Deputy Andy Burns was appointed by Sheriff Jon Sandage to be a canine handler in the fall of 2017. Following Rico's retirement, Deputy Burns was partnered with K9 Kano in the fall of 2021. Kano is a Belgian Malinois/German Shephard mix originally from Slovakia. Deputy Dakotah Metzke was appointed to be a canine handler in the spring of 2018 and continues to work K9 Shadow, a Belgian Malinois, originally from The Netherlands. Both canine teams are assigned to the patrol division where they assist deputies and surrounding agencies in a variety of patrol related functions.
Both Kano and Shadow are considered full-service K-9's because they are certified in the following areas:
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