DRAGO is a German Shepherd breed born in October 14, 2014 in Slovakia. He was placed into service on April 3, 2017, and serves our community as a dual purpose drug detection dog. DRAGO'S handler is Officer Adam Verschaeve.
LUK is a German Shepherd breed born on May 18, 2009, in Poland. He was placed into service February 27, 2011, and serves our community as a dual purpose explosives detection dog. LUK'S handler is Officer Tim Smith.
Both K-9's came to us through outside financing. LUK joined our Department through a Homeland Security Grant while Drago came to us from a Traverse City resident's generous donation.
Our K-9's are certified and are trained in tracking, obedience, handler protection, building, article and area search. Our Department is pleased to offer our community and other local law enforcement agencies such well trained K-9 teams. Officer Verschaeve and Officer Smith work extensively with their respective K-9's to keep them sharp, prepared, fit, and healthy so when called to duty they are ready and waiting.
The Traverse City Police Department first deployed a certified police canine (K9) in 1993. Since that time there have been 6 different K9’s along with 6 different handlers. Click "Program History" for a look at the past K9's.
Our K-9 teams are available to present demonstrations and promote safety and drug awareness at various community events or local businesses. To request their appearance at an event please contact Sergeant Matt Richmond at 231-642-6114.