The K-9 Unit is part of the Field Services Division. Deputy Jackson Bradley with partner Thor, Deputy Shane Roelofs with partner Jocko and Deputy Kyler Rosin with partner Kalo are currently assigned as K-9 officers. Our K-9 units are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to serve the needs of the citizens and visitors of Grand Traverse County.
Function of K-9 Units
With over 400 calls for service a year, the Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Office K-9 units are one of the busiest in the State. All three dogs are trained to track and apprehend criminal suspects, locate lost or missing persons, conduct building searches, and can locate stolen property or articles discarded by criminal suspects. Along with these functions each is also trained as a detection dog. Our explosive detection dog, Thor, is used to search for explosives in a wide variety of circumstances. Narcotics detection is assigned to K-9s Cade and Kalo. They can search for illegal drugs on traffic stops, drug raids, prison searches, and any other place where drugs can be hidden. Our dogs have had hundreds of hours of continuing in-service training.
History of K-9 Program
The Grand Traverse County Sheriff's office Canine Unit has had a long and distinguished history that dates back to the 1960's when Sergeant Roy Strait and his partner "Luger" became the first to serve the department. After a very successful career, the department realized what an asset a good K-9 team could be to the department. Since the first team went into service, the Sheriff's Office has had many great dogs with 3 currently in service.
The current handlers are Deputy Jackson Bradley, Deputy Shane Roelofs and Deputy Kyler Rosin, all are working to provide a continuum of excellence that has been a standard in Grand Traverse County since the beginning of the K-9 program.
Thor is an explosive detection and patrol K-9. He is a male, black-brindle colored Dutch Shepherd. He was born in California and was purchased from Mid-Michigan Kennels in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Thor lives with Deputy Pegan-Naylor and his family. The purchase of Thor was made possible by a donation from the Les and Anne Biederman Foundation.
Kalo is a male Malinois Shepherd mix. He was born in Poland and was acquired in October of 2019 from Mid-Michigan Kennels. He is a dual purpose K-9 specializing in narcotics detection and tracking. Kalo is assigned to K-9 handler Deputy Kyler Rosin. The purchase of Kalo was made possible by a donation from the Oleson Foundation.
Jocko is a male Belgian Malinois. Jocko was born in Poland in October of 2020 and acquired from Mid-Michigan Kennels in September of 2021. Jocko is a dual purpose K-9 specializing in narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension. Jocko is assigned to K-9 handler Shane Roelofs. The purchase of Jocko was made possible by a donation from The Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation.
Retired Handlers & K-9s
Sergeant Roy Strait had 3 K-9 partners "Luger I" (shown in picture),
"Luger II," and "Gunner" spanning his career from 1966-1986. All the
dogs were used for tracking purposes.
Deputy Mark Alford was the 2nd handler. His dog-handling career spanned from 1986 through 2002. Deputy Alford handled 3 dogs, "Mutz," "Ewan" (October 1999 through August 2002), and "Erro" (September 1992 through 1999). All of Deputy Alford’s K-9 partners were used for dual-purpose narcotics detection.
Deputy Mark Depew was assigned Jesco. Jesco's narcotic/tracking career was from 2002 through 2008.
Deputies Derek Morton and Travis Horn were both long time K-9 Handlers with the Sheriff’s Office. Derek Morton left the department after 15 years of service, 12 as a K-9 handler with three different dogs (Brutus, Janusz and Janke). Travis Horn worked as a K-9 handler for 8 1/2 years with two K-9s, Zando and Hess, and is still with the Sheriff’s Office, currently a Detective in our Investigative Services Division.
Deputy Matt Jerome was assigned to Jax, a narcotics and tracking dog imported from the country of Poland. They served GTSO as a team from 2014 to 2019. The purchase of Jax was made possible by a donation from the Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation.
Janke was an explosive detection and patrol K-9. He is a male, black and tan German Shepherd. He was born in Poland and was purchased from Mid-Michigan Kennels in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Janke was originally assigned to Deputy Morton (Retired) when he first joined our agency. Janke was then assigned to Deputy Pegan-Naylor until Janke's retirement in 2020. Janke is now a pet and resides with the Pegan-Naylor family. The purchase of Janke was made possible by a donation from the Oleson Foundation.
Cade was an American born male German Shepherd. He served as a dual purpose K-9 specializing in narcotics and tracking. He was assigned to K-9 handler Deputy Mike Gray from 2016 until his death due to cancer in May of 2021. The purchase of Cade was made possible by a donation from the Les and Anne Biederman Foundation.
If you would like to contact the department for more information in reference to our K-9 Program, or to schedule a presentation, please call Lieutenant Brian Giddis at 231-995-5004.