The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office, under direction of Sheriff Heino, is starting a canine program. The purpose of a canine program is for narcotic detection and diversion, suspect tracking and apprehension, officer safety, school support, and community outreach. This program has now started with the purchase of two narcotic dogs that will be here in June!
The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit consists of two canine teams dedicated to narcotic detection. Narcotic detection teams are trained to locate narcotics in a variety of different locations (i.e. buildings, vehicles, outside areas and more). Each team is trained to locate marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Prior to being deployed as a canine team, each handler and canine must complete a minimum amount of hours of basic training.
This program exists because of generous donations from members in our community that want to help make an impact on the drug culture of the Flathead Valley. Donations can be made to our GO FUND ME or through the Flathead Community Foundation.