K-9 Unit

K-9 Unit

A specialized unit within the Onslow County Sheriff's Office.

A law enforcement K9 unit includes a dog and a law enforcement handler. The dog and officer work as a team and both are specially trained in K9 policing tactics. Patrol dogs can accompany officers on foot or in a car. They can be used to track suspects, search buildings and locate evidence. 

They can also be used to track missing individuals in instances of missing children and adults. Because of their highly developed sense of smell, a patrol dog can search and area much faster and more comprehensively than their human counterparts. This saves manpower and gets the job done more safely.

The narcotics division uses the K9 unit to detect marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines. They search cars, trucks, houses, businesses, warehouses and yards for hidden drugs. 

K9 Handlers

Sergeant Dawn Jauernik & Bonito
Deputy Casey Cintron & Blek
Deputy Jonathan Huffman & Ellie Mae
Deputy Christopher Fisher & Jake
Deputy Matthew Weber (not pictured) & Carma
Deputy Nytasha Bryson & Sadie