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About the Douglas County Sheriff's K-9 Unit

Since 1989 it has been the mission of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit to provide professionally trained, social police dogs that are handled by highly motivated deputies for response to critical incidents, suspect tracking and apprehension, and drug and explosive detection for the safety and protection of the public and fellow law enforcement officers.


K-9 Officer/Dog Teams

Photo of Deputy John Glassburner and K-9 Koa

Deputy John Glassburner and K-9 Koa

Deputy Glassburner started his career in 1994 with the City of Sheridan Police Department and joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He is a certified K-9 instructor and judge in the states of Colorado and Utah. He is also an instructor in firearms, tactical handguns and shotgun.

K-9 Koa is a Gold Brindle Dutch Shepherd born February 18, 2008 in the Netherlands. He was purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana in February of 2009. Koa is a dual-purpose dog trained in patrol work and narcotics detection. He has assisted several departments within the Denver metro area.

Photo of Deputy Paul Montville and K-9 Tank

Deputy Paul Montville and K-9 Tank

Prior to joining the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 2001, Deputy Paul Montville received a Bachelor's of Science degree from the University of Wyoming and a Juris Doctor degree from the Creighton University School of Law. He was selected for the K-9 Unit and became a handler in 2005. In 2014 Deputy Montville was selected as Trainer for the unit and successfully graduated from the Vohne Liche Kennels Dual Purpose Canine Trainers Course. In addition to his duties with K-9, Paul is also a firearms instructor and armorer.

Tank is a four-year-old Dutch Shepherd from Belgium and was purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana in November of 2011. The purchase was made possible by a very generous donation from the Wiley Family in addition to funds from Friends of Douglas County K-9. Tank is certified in patrol and narcotics detection.

Photo of Deputy Todd Tucker and K-9 Zoos

Deputy Todd Tucker and K-9 Zoos

Deputy Todd Tucker hails from the East Coast where he began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office in Maryland in 1996. Deputy Tucker moved to Colorado in 2003 and became a Deputy Sheriff for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Deputy Tucker has worked in the Patrol and Traffic Units, as well as being assigned to the Front Range Drug Task Force. In 2013 Deputy Tucker became a K-9 handler with the Unit and was paired with his first dog, Zoos.

K-9 Zoos is a German Shepherd and Belgium Malinois mix born August 8, 2010 in Hungary. He was purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels in Indiana and is a dual-purpose dog trained in patrol work and narcotics detection.

Photo of Deputy Greg Wilson and K-9 Freia

Deputy Greg Wilson and K-9 Freia

Deputy Wilson began his law enforcement career in 1994, joining the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office two years later. He is a former K-9 handler with the Unit, a certified K-9 trainer, Police Service Dog judge and a SWAT Operator. Deputy Wilson rejoined the K-9 Unit in 2014 after serving as a School Resource Officer for 8 years. His former K-9s include Astro, Max and Taz.

K-9 Freia is a three-year-old Belgian Malinois purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels. Deputy Wilson and Freia graduated from Vohne Liche’s six-week Dual-Purpose Narcotic Detector Dog Class in May of 2014, earing certifications in narcotics detection as well as patrol work. They were on patrol with the DCSO K-9 Unit a month later.

Lieutenant Tommy Barrella

Lieutenant Tommy Barrella joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. He was a K-9 handler from 1999 to 2003, paired with K-9s Cindy and Huka. He was also a certified detector instructor and judge. In 2003, Lieutenant Barrella was promoted to sergeant, holding the position of K-9 Sergeant until 2005. In 2013 Lieutenant Barrella was re-assigned to the DCSO K-9 Unit as its Commander.

Prior to joining the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant Barrella was a K-9 handler for the City of Northglenn Police Department and was also a dog handler with the United States Marine Corps.

Sergeant Steve Croushore

Sergeant Steve Croushore is a Colorado native. He joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy in 1998 and was promoted to Sergeant in 2014. During his time at DCSO he has been assigned to Traffic, Patrol, Detentions, Investigations and Internal Affairs. He is currently a Patrol Supervisor and has enjoyed working with the K-9 Unit since 2013.


For more information about the Douglas county Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit, click here.