Officer VanBuskirk became our K9 Handler in 2015 with her partner Kai, a Belgian shepherd. K9 Kai is the department’s first police dog and he has been a proven asset to our town. Kai is certified to track suspects and missing people, recover evidence, search buildings and protect his handler. K9 Ofc. VanBuskirk and Kai are also trained and certified by the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) as a narcotics detection team.
Kai is trained to locate Cocaine, Methamphetamines, Heroin and MDMA. K9 Officer VanBuskirk and Kai re-certify as a patrol dog team yearly and attend bi-weelky training in order to maintain their certifications and expertise in their field. In addition to his patrol function, Kai also serves as an “ambassador” for our department, often paying visits to our schools, parks and local functions. He is clearly our most popular Officer.