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 "Nero"
Deputy Brandon Crosby has been a police officer since 2003 and has been assigned to Road Patrol and Narcotics. In addition to being a K9 handler, Deputy Crosby is also a radar/LiDAR and Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor.
Nero is a Belgian Tervuren from the Czech Republic and was born in April of 2011. Nero's primary training is in explosive detection and is also trained in tracking, suspect apprehension, and handler protection. Nero has been Deputy Crosby's faithful partner since March 2014. Nero's favorite play toy on and off duty are tennis balls!
Deputy Dyer & K-9 "MAXX"
Deputy Tom Dyer has been a Police Officer with the Berrien County Sheriff's Department since 2009. Deputy Dyer has been assigned to various teams including the Tactical Response Team and the Accident Investigation Team. Deputy Dyer is also a Defensive Tactics, Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor, and a Drug Recognition Expert.
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.