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K9 Unit

Deputy Jeff Tucker and K9 Partner Carly
Deputy Sean Gillespie and K9 Partner Cargo
Deputy Jeremiah Hamon and K9 Partner Bak
Deputy Evan Vaughan and K9 Partner Apollo

The El Dorado County Sheriff 's Office Canine Unit was started in 1981 and has evolved since its inception. The Department fields four canine teams which are assigned to the Patrol Division. Our patrol dog teams consist of German Shepherds and Belgium Malinois.

The teams are trained in tracking, area searches, building searches, and handler protection. The teams are also cross trained in article and narcotics detection.  Each canine team is on call 24 hours a day to assist as necessary. 

The dogs have been successfully utilized as officer protection in the apprehension of armed and violent criminals, narcotic searches, evidence searches and educational demonstrations at local schools. The K-9 unit is one of the elite units within the Sheriff's Office.

If you are interested in seeing more from our K9 handlers, you can check out K9 Apollo’s Instagram at

K9 Cargo Gillespie