Each team is comprised of an officer and trained dog who respond to a multitude of circumstances. The dogs and officers go through a long training process together, and the department only utilizes “positive” training methods, often using toys as the incentive.
Three of the teams are trained to conduct patrol functions such as search for lost people, detect narcotics and assist in suspect apprehension. They are important tools in crime suppression and are on-call together 24 hours a day.
The other three K-9 teams are trained in explosives detection and do much of their work at the Portland Jetport. These three teams also assist by attending all major events within the city of Portland, conducting security sweeps. Training is an important part of this specialty.
The relationship between the handlers and their K-9 partners is unparalleled in law enforcement. Both the handler and the K-9 train rigorously to prepare for the inherent dangers of the job. Through this training, the officer and the K9 build a very unique and special bond.
Matt has been a member of the Portland Police Department since 2008. During that time, he worked as a Field Training Officer, training new officers who just graduated the academy, and was a member of the Command Truck Team.
Messi joined the Portland Police Department as Matt's partner in August of 2018. He is a 19 month old Belgian Malinois from Slovakia.
Matt and Messi work together on the evening shift, in the Deering neighborhood of Portland. Messi is trained for patrol and assists in the search for lost people, narcotic detection and suspect apprehension.
Michelle joined the Portland Police Department in 1998. Michelle joined the K9 Unit in 2001, with her partner Karla. Throughout her time at Portland PD, she has worked with several K9 partners, both in a patrol and explosive detection capacity.
Barni is a 3 year old, German short-haired pointer. He is an explosive detection K9. Barni is assigned to Michelle through the Department of Homeland Security.
Michelle and Barni work the day shift, covering the Deering neighborhood of Portland.
Tom has been a member of the Portland Police Department since 2005. During his time, he has worked various shifts and patrol beats throughout the city.
Trixie has been proudly serving with the Portland Police Department for the past 9 years.
Tom and Trixi are assigned full-time to the Portland International Jetport.
Henry has been a member of the Portland Police Department since 1990. Throughout his time, he has worked in various units and is now assigned full-time to the Portland International Jetport.
Quincy is an American Yellow Lab, who was brought to us 9 years ago through the TSA Puppy Program. Quincy was named after Quincy Green, a victim of 9/11. Over the last 9 years, Quincy has been proudly patrolling alongside Henry.
You may see Henry and Quincy patrolling the Portland International Jetport. They also assist at any major event that comes to the city of Portland, to insure safety and security.
Jon joined the Portland Police Department in 2013. During his time on patrol, Jon focused his efforts on illegal drug use and distribution. Jon also briefly served as a Field Training Officer before he became a K9 handler.
Dozer is a 2 year old, part German Shepherd part Malinois, imported from Belgium. He is certified as a patrol K9, and is currently undergoing narcotics training.
Jon and Dozer patrol the late-out shift in downtown Portland. They recently successfully completed their training and are now certified as a patrol-function K9 Team.
Dave joined the Portland Police Department in 2016. During his time, he has worked various shifts and participated in the Holiday Footbeat.
Johnsey is a 2 year old German Shepherd. He is currently undergoing dual purpose narcotic and patrol K9 training.
Dave and Johnsey are in process of completing their training and becoming fully certified. Every team is different, but the average duration of training if 5-6 months.