Aviation, Bomb, Dive, Hostage Negotiations, K9, Marine, SWAT, TIU: Vice/Narcotics, Traffic
(SWAT = Special Weapons and Tactics) (TIU = Tactical Impact Unit)
Executive Secretary/Senior Staff Assistant
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The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit brings to you one of the best assets available to the community and agency in reference to protecting our citizens and apprehending criminals. Teaming up a Deputy with a highly trained German Shepherd or Belgian Malinois has proved to be invaluable. Some of the capabilities of our K9 Unit includes tracking lost or missing persons in need, as well as suicidal subjects and criminal suspects; K9 demonstrations, area searches, article searches, building searches, handler protection and criminal apprehension; narcotics detection consisting of Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Heroin and MDMA/Ecstasy. Our K9 Unit is made up of 8 dual purpose K9 teams with the addition of a Volunteer Bloodhound Team who excel in tracking and trailing lost or missing subjects. Our K9 Units are always available and on duty 24/7. Each K9 and handler must complete a challenging 480 hour course together and pass an annual K9 team certification.
Whether they are tracking an armed suspect through the woods, taking the position as the primary vehicle in a pursuit, finding drugs on a traffic stop or deploying the K9 to apprehend a dangerous suspect, our K9 teams step up and get the job done like no one else. They also excel and put forth the same effort when called upon to track a missing adult or child and when conducting K9 demonstrations for kids. The addition of our Volunteer Bloodhound Tracking & Trailing Team to the unit has also made us better and more versatile.
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