The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office established its first Canine Team in 1989 to assist the Road Patrol with Narcotic detection and Fugitive apprehensions. The Canines are selected after both Medical and Temperament exams have been concluded. Once the Canines have been declared fit for duty they are paired with a Deputy who has been selected from an application & interview process. They both attend a grueling & intense training program that focuses on obedience, tracking, area/building searches, either narcotic or explosive scent detection and handler protection.
Once the Team finishes their training program, they must pass a practical proficiency exam through the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers (NAPCH). The completion of this exam will certify the team in the areas in which they have been trained. The Teams must train a minimum of twice a month to maintain their skills. The Canine lives and works with the handler.
The Canine Team consists of supervisor Sgt. Chad Doyle with Canine Sadie, Deputy Dustin Matusko with Canine Titan, Deputy Scott Macomber with Canine Brix, Deputy Paul Narlock with Canine Smoke, and Deputy Troy Orweller with Canine Gage in Corrections.
The Team Members have assisted every Police Agency in Ingham County searching for Fugitives and locating Narcotics or Explosives. The teams assists surrounding areas as well, including Michigan State Police, Eaton, Clinton, and Jackson Counties. The team has also assisted the FBI, DEA, US Marshals, Secret Service, and US Department of Agriculture.