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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. A former certified K-9 instructor, he is now a 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 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 Belgian Malinois mix born August 8, 2010 in Hungary. He was purchased by Friends of Douglas County K-9 from Vohne Liche Kennels and is a dual-purpose dog trained in patrol work and narcotics detection.

Photo of Deputy Marcella Kelly and K-9 Tank

Deputy Marcella Kelly and K-9 Tank

Deputy Marcella Kelly is a Colorado native who began her career in law enforcement in 1994 with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and an Associate of Science degree from Arapahoe Community College. She was selected for the K-9 Unit in November of 2014 and graduated from the Vohne Liche Kennels K-9 handler course in March of 2015. In addition to her duties with the K-9 Unit, Marcella is also a firearms instructor and armorer.

K-9 Tank is a five-year-old Dutch Shepherd from Belgium, 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 Tyler Morris and K-9 Atlas

Deputy Tyler Morris and K-9 Atlas

Deputy Tyler Morris started his law enforcement career as an Officer with the City of Northglenn Police Department in 2008. He joined the Douglas County Sheriff's Office in 2011 as a Deputy Sheriff, starting in the Detentions and Patrol Divisions. Deputy Morris became a K-9 handler in 2014 and graduated from the Dual Purpose Handler Course at Vohne Liche Kennels in March of 2015.

K-9 Atlas is a Belgian Malinois born on September 2, 2011 in Holland. Atlas was purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels with funds from Friends of Douglas County K-9 and is a dual purpose dog trained in patrol work and narcotics detection.

Photo of Deputy Brad Proulx and K-9 Scooter

Deputy Brad Proulx and K-9 Scooter

Deputy Brad Proulx started in law enforcement in 2011 with the Colorado State Parks before joining the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. After working the Detentions and Patrols Division he was named a K-9 handler in 2014 and graduated from the Vohne Liche handler course in March of 2015.

K-9 Scooter is a Belgian Malinois who was born in Holland on July 2, 2013. Generous donations allowed Friends of Douglas County K-9 to purchase Scooter from Vohne Liche Kennels in March of 2015 after he graduated with Deputy Proulx from the Dual Purpose Narcotics and Patrol Handler Course.

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.


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