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K-9 Unit

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.

Sgt DeCarli with K9 Riggs
K9 Riggs


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:

  • Apprehension
  • Handler Protection
  • Tracking
  • Evidence Recovery
  • Building Searches
  • Area Searches
  • Narcotics Detection

K9 History

1963-1964K9 MikeSgt. Robert Vayan
1965-1966K9 SamSgt. Robert Vayan
1967-1972K9 RustyChief Regies Desrosiers
1972-1973K9 RustyLt. Terry Gillette
1972-1973K9 DolphSgt. Normand Mercier
1980-1986k9 StarskyOfc. Stephen Grega
1993-2002K9 DiabloOfc. John Yaworowski
2003-2010K9 JusticeOfc. Dennis Bradshaw
2008-2014K9 LibertyOfc. Dennis Bradshaw
2011-2017k9 GunnerOfc. Jeffrey Loomis
2015-2022k9 MurphySgt. John McAulay
2017-2021K9 RiggsOfc. Jeffrey Loomis
2021-PresentK9 RiggsSgt. Michael DeCarli