The El Dorado County Sheriff 's Office Canine Unit was started in 1981 and has developed and professionalized since its inception. The Department now fields six canine teams which are assigned to the Patrol Division. Our patrol dog teams consist of German Shepherds and Belgium Malinois.
The teams are trained in tracking, area searches, building searches, and handler protection. The teams are also cross trained in article and narcotics detection. Each canine team is on call 24 hours a day to assist as necessary.
The dogs have been successfully utilized as officers protection in the apprehension of armed and violent criminals, narcotic searches, evidence searches and educational demonstrations at local schools. The K-9 unit is one of the Sheriff's Office elite units in patrol.