DGIF’s Conservation Police Officers needed a few good dogs—and after searching far and wide they found two exceptional pups. K9 ‘Avery’, a Black Lab and K9 ‘Waylon’, a German Shorthaired Pointer. They were selected from hundreds of potential candidates for their intelligence, energy, and strong ‘play’ drive.
Generous donors Mark Vannoy and the Commonwealth Criminal Justice Academy stepped forward to help purchase the dogs. Both have a passion for conservation and wanted to express their support for Virginia’s Conservation Police Officers.
Since DGIF began the K9 program in 2011 – the K9s have played a huge role in search and rescue operations, as well as investigating hunting incidents and solving wildlife crime.
DGIF’s K9s have saved lives by tracking lost hunters and missing children. They also use their noses to solve crime by locating guns and shell casings–essential skills when a hunting incident has occurred.
The officers who handle K9s live with them and work with them every day. The dogs even wear a conservation police shield around their neck to identify them as police dogs.
CPO Mark VanDyke is Avery’s handler and CPO Glenn Cramer is Waylon’s handler. These officers and their K9 partners successfully completed and graduated from the Indiana K9 Training Program on May 16, 2019. They are now back in their regions and working in the field.
DGIF’s Conservation Police Officers needed a few good dogs—and after searching far and wide they found two exceptional pups. K9 ‘Sky’ and K9 ‘Bailey’ are both female black labs. They were selected from hundreds of potential candidates for their intelligence, energy, and strong ‘play’ drive. Read the rest of this article…
A fugitive living at a meth lab in the backwoods of Rockingham County ran smack into “Justice,” a black lab K9 who tracked the felon down in the dark woods Monday evening. Read the rest of this article…
Over the past seven years, Officer Richard Howald has rarely gone into work solo. As one of the initial three handlers of the DGIF K9 Team that was launched in 2011, Howald takes his yellow lab, Scout, with him basically everywhere. Read the rest of this article…
Calling all K9’s! DGIF Conservation Police Officers are searching for a few new dogs to add to our team! We use police dogs to conduct lifesaving search and rescue operations, locate illegally taken wildlife, recover evidence, and participate in educational programs. Do you know of a dog that meets these qualifications?
- Is a lab or lab mix? We will look at other sporting breeds.
- Is between 6 months and a year old?
- Has a high play drive? This means the dog will constantly go after a toy and also engage you to play with them.
- Has a high prey drive? This means the dog is constantly curious, sniffing around investigating and isn’t afraid of new places or situations.
- Is friendly around other dogs and children?
If you feel like you have a dog-gone good candidate please fill out our online form. One of our officers will be in contact with you if your K9 meets the qualifications.
Senior K9 Officer Billhimer and his trusty K9 “Justice”
Virginia Conservation Police Officer Owen Heine received numerous complaints about a Shenandoah County resident trespassing, exceeding the limit of turkeys and hunting during the closed season. Read the rest of this article…