The Weld County Sheriff’s Office currently has four K9 teams working in the Patrol Division and one working in the Weld County Jail. Dogs are certified to do narcotics detection, tracking and suspect capture. Each dog is paired with a deputy who acts as their handler. The dog lives with their handler and is their partner at work.
The K9 Unit trains together multiple times each month to ensure handlers and their dogs are working as efficiently and as effectively as possible. Joining the K9 Unit for regular trainings is the Decoy Team, which is made up of deputies from other units in both the patrol and detentions divisions. Members of the Decoy Team bring a real-life element to K9 training scenarios that would otherwise be difficult to imitate with dummies and other training equipment.
Deputy Nicholson & K9 Rok
Deputy Grady Nicholson and his K9 partner, Rok, have been a team since October 2018. Rok, who is Deputy Nicholson’s first K9, is a 4-year-old Shepherd mix. The team is certified in narcotics detection and patrol.
Deputy Nicholson began his law enforcement career in 2006 in Colorado. He joined the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in May 2013.
Deputy Fortin & K9 Loki
Deputy Brian Fortin joined the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in 2013. The next year, he was assigned to the K9 Unit as a member of the Decoy Team. A year after that, Fortin was partnered with K9 Loki.
Loki is a 7-year-old Dutch Shepherd. The team is certified in narcotics detection and patrol.
Deputy Jenneiahn and K9 Kenzi
Deputy Sean Jenneiahn began his law enforcement career in 1999 in California and has worked with three K9s during his career. He and his K9 partner, Kenzi, have been a team since 2017. In March 2020, they joined the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.
K9 Kenzi is 6-year-old Belgian Malinois certified in narcotics detection and patrol. Deputy Jenneiahn and K9 Kenzi also are assigned to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team.
Deputy Dougherty & K9 Dexter
Currently assigned to the Weld County Jail are Deputy Adam Dougherty and his K9 partner, Dexter. Dexter is a 2 1/2-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever certified in narcotics detection.
Deputy Dougherty began his career with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office in 2007 in the Weld County Jail, where he worked for five years. He then rotated to the Courts Division for five years before moving to patrol. After three years on the road, Dougherty was assigned to the K9 Unit.
Deputy Dougherty and K9 Dexter have been a certified narcotics detection team since early 2020. In addition to being assigned to the Weld County Jail, Dougherty and Dexter are certified to assist the Patrol Division with narcotics-related missions.