Canine teams may be used to provide specialized services to support the mission, goals and objectives of the Berrien County Sheriff Office. Recognizing that canines have a superior sense of smell and hearing, the trained law enforcement canine is a valuable supplement to police staffing.
Canines may be used for :
- Conducting building searches for hidden offenders.
- Locating lost, missing or incapacitated persons.
- Tracking suspects who have fled crime scenes.
- Conducting crime scene and area searches for discarded evidence, such as clothing, weapons, etc.
- Detecting the presence of narcotic substances.
- Assisting in the establishment of probable cause in asset forfeiture cases.
- Other situations not mentioned above when deemed appropriate.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office canine teams are available 24 hours a day to assist when needed.
Deputy Crosby & K-9 "Blek"
Deputy Brandon Crosby has been a police officer since 2003 and has been assigned to Road Patrol and Narcotics. Deputy Crosby has been a canine handler since 2014. K9 Blek is Deputy Crosby’s second working dog. In addition to being a K9 handler, Deputy Crosby is a Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor and evidence technician.
Blek is a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix. Blek is from Belarus and was born in July of 2018. Blek is trained in explosives detection, firearms detection, tracking, suspect apprehension, and handler protection. Blek has been my partner since November of 2019, since graduating basic training at FMK9 in Berrien Springs. Bleks favorite toy is his tug toy. He loves to play tug of war!
Maxx is a Belgian Malinois / German Shepard Mix from the Netherlands and was born in December of 2014. Maxx is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and handler protection. Maxx and Deputy Dyer became partners in May of 2017 and shortly after hitting the road together assisted in the apprehension of a robbery suspect. Since then, this team has contributed to many arrests and apprehensions throughout Berrien County. After a long day on Patrol, Maxx loves to return home where he is rewarded for a job well done with his favorite treat, a beef stick.
Deputy Haskins & K-9 "Rico"
Deputy Jason Haskins has been with the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office since 2005. Deputy Haskins has been on the Tactical Response Team and has worked in the Jail, Road Patrol, Narcotics, and as a K9 handler.
Rico is a Belgian Malinois from the Netherlands and was born in July 2005. Rico is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension, and handler protection. Rico’s largest find to date was 52 pounds of marijuana hidden in the truck of a car. Rico has been Deputy Haskin’s faithful partner since July 2008. Rico’s favorite reward is chasing tennis balls.