K-9 Unit

K9 Group Photo 2017


The Lafayette Police Department (LPD) K9 Unit consists of 5 patrol trained dogs. Four of the K9 Units are assigned to the Uniform Division and 1 is assigned to the Street Crimes Unit.

K9 Training

All of the LPD K9 Units were trained at Von Liche Kennels, located in Denver, Indiana. The K9s are trained in:
  • Area searches
  • Article searches
  • Handler protection
  • Narcotics detection
  • Obedience
  • Tracking


Annual Certifications

These extremely well-trained teams reinforce their formal training through annual certifications at Von Liche Kennels. They also conduct in-service training, with an average of 16 hours per month. In addition to individual training, the LPD K9 units join with other K9 teams in the Tippecanoe county area for monthly "Metro K9 Unit" training. The dedication of the officers in this unit and their K9 partners is the reason for the success of this program. All of the K9 teams perform extremely well and are an integral part of the drug interdiction efforts of the LPD.

K9 Nando & Officer Brown

K9 Nando was the 1st in our most recent evolution of the LPD K9 program, beginning in 2001. Officer Bob Brown and K9 Nando served the citizens of Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County for several years. K9 Nando and Officer Brown were recognized for their dedicated service at the Lafayette Board of Works meeting on March 13, 2007, upon Nando's retirement.

K9 Care

The K9 officers and their families house the K9's at their homes, provide for their daily care and welfare, and make many personal sacrifices in order to care for the K9's. All of these officers and their K-9s comply with the high standards of the LPD and serve above and beyond their normal duties as officers because of their K-9 duties.

2017 K9 Unit Roster

Officer Ryan French and K9 Roy

Officer French and K9 Jarca 2017

Officer Lonnie Wilson and K9 Jeori

Officer Wilson and K9 Joeri 2017

Officer Shea Saxton and K9 Boyka

Officer Saxton and K9 Boyka 2017

K9 Boyka is a Belgian Malinois.  He was born in Holland on 8/24/11.  He began his service with LPD on 6/8/14.

Officer Grant Leroux and K9 Cezar

Officer Leroux and K9 Cezar 2017

Officer Austin Schutter and K9 Rocky

Officer Schutter and K9 Rocky 2017

Retired LPD K9's

At the conclusion of a K9's service to the department and community, they retire and spend the remainder of their years with their handler as a family pet.

Officer A.J. Demello and K9 Tico

Officer A.J. Demello and K9 Tico

Officer Scott Anderson and K9 Douwe

Officer Scott Anderson

Officer Ron Dombkowski and K9 Tommy

Officer Ron Dombkowski and K9 Tommy

Officer Ryan French and K9 Jarca

K9 Jarca

Officer Ron Dombkowski and K9 Kwando


Officer Bob Brown and K9 Nando


K9 Nando was a German Shepard.  He was born in Holland on August 1999 and died February 2012. He served on the department from February 2002 through March 2007.