The Monroe Police Department’s K9 Unit's primary function is to provide support to the Patrol Division. The canine’s superior sense of smell, hearing, speed, and vigilance make them able to accomplish tasks that would normally be impossible for a regular patrol officer. Monroe Police Department’s K9 unit is currently comprised of K9 Riggs and his handler Sgt. M. DeCarli.
K9 Riggs was born in the Czech Republic on 8/9/2015. He was purchased through donations and he was trained by Lt. William Scribner of the North American Police Working Dog Association.
When not on duty, K9 Riggs stays at home with his handler. He is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The k9 Unit conducts a minimum of 16 hours of in-service training per month with their training region and an additional hour per day with their handlers. The K9 unit is certified through the Connecticut Police Working Dog Association and the North American Police Working Dog Association in the following areas:
- Handler Protection
- Evidence Recovery
- Building Searches
- Area Searches
- Narcotics Detection
|1963-1964||K9 Mike||Sgt. Robert Vayan|
|1965-1966||K9 Sam||Sgt. Robert Vayan|
|1967-1972||K9 Rusty||Chief Regies Desrosiers|
|1972-1973||K9 Rusty||Lt. Terry Gillette|
|1972-1973||K9 Dolph||Sgt. Normand Mercier|
|1980-1986||k9 Starsky||Ofc. Stephen Grega|
|1993-2002||K9 Diablo||Ofc. John Yaworowski|
|2003-2010||K9 Justice||Ofc. Dennis Bradshaw|
|2008-2014||K9 Liberty||Ofc. Dennis Bradshaw|
|2011-2017||k9 Gunner||Ofc. Jeffrey Loomis|
|2015-2022||k9 Murphy||Sgt. John McAulay|
|2017-2021||K9 Riggs||Ofc. Jeffrey Loomis|
|2021-Present||K9 Riggs||Sgt. Michael DeCarli|