Meet Our Heroes

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was established in 1989. The addition of dual purpose, professionally trained K-9s, partnered with a highly skilled deputy, not only ensures a safer community but also saves lives. Since 2011, the DCSO K-9 Unit has been responsible for 10,213 deployments, 827 arrests and 459 assists in surrounding counties, while seizing 356 pounds of narcotics and $460K in cash.

Thanks to the commitment of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the support of K-9 Friends, the DCSO K-9 Unit now consists of five Deputy/K-9 teams.

Corporal Todd Tucker, K-9 Unit Instructor

Corporal Todd Tucker hails from the East Coast where he began his law enforcement career as a Deputy with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland in 1996. Corporal Tucker moved to Colorado in 2003 and joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, working in the Patrol and Traffic Units. He also served on the Front Range Drug Task Force. In 2013 Tucker became a K-9 handler with the Unit and was paired with his first dog, Zoos. In 2016 Tucker was promoted to the rank of Corporal (a first for the DCSO K-9 Unit) and also graduated from the K-9 Handler Instructor course at Vohne Liche Kennels.

K-9 Officer Zoos

Born: August 8, 2010 – Hungary
Breed: German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois Mix
Start Date: 2013
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Fearless Engagement
Hobbies: Socializing, goofing off and giving hugs

“When Zoos puts on his harness and the way his fur sticks out, I call him muffin top. But he’s proven himself time and time again with the numerous deployments he’s had. Zoos is the perfect police dog.” ~ Lieutenant Tommy Barrella

Deputy John Glassburner

Deputy Glassburner started his career in 1994 with the City of Sheridan Police Department then joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 1998. A certified K-9 judge in the states of Colorado and Utah, he also instructs in firearms, tactical handguns and shotguns.

K-9 Officer Koa

Born: February 18, 2008 – Netherlands
Breed: Gold Brindle Dutch Shepherd
Start Date: February 2009
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Building Searches
Hobbies: Loves getting scratched and petted

“Koa is like a giraffe dog. He’s this big long dog that looks like he’s on roller skates. But when he gets focused, he comes in fast, he hits hard and he bites hard. Not a dog that I want to catch.” ~ Lieutenant Tommy Barrella

Deputy Tyler Morris

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, starting in the Detentions and Patrol Divisions. Deputy Morris became a K-9 handler in November of 2014 and graduated from the Dual Purpose Handler Course at Vohne Liche Kennels in March of 2015.

K-9 Officer Atlas

Born: September 2, 2011 – Holland
Breed: Belgian Malinois
Start Date: 2015
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Building Searches
Hobbies: Going to the bathroom where/when it’s most inconvenient

“Atlas has eyebrows. How can you not love a dog with eyebrows? If Shaggy in Scooby Doo was reincarnated as a dog, he would be Atlas.” ~ Lieutenant Tommy Barrella

Deputy Brad Proulx

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 November of 2014 and graduated from the Vohne Liche handler course in March of 2015.

K-9 Officer Scooter

Born: July 2, 2013 – Holland
Breed: Belgian Malinois
Start Date: 2015
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Drug Detection
Hobbies: He’ll do anything for a ball

“Scooter is a small little dog, very hyper, very amped up, just wants to please – just like his handler. He’s a quick little guy and just adorable.” ~ Lieutenant Tommy Barrella

Deputy Travis Kyle

Deputy Travis Kyle’s law enforcement career began in 2008 with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detentions Division. He moved to the Patrol Division four years later, and was then named to the K-9 Unit in 2015. Deputy Kyle was paired with his new partner, K-9 Colt, during the handler training course at Vohne Liche Kennels in July of 2015.

K-9 Officer Colt

Born: April 2014 – Holland
Breed: Black & Tan Belgian Malinois
Start Date: 2015
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Tracking
Hobbies: Making his left ear stand up proper

“Colt’s got one floppy ear and he likes to fly through the air. His size will fool you, because he’s small – just sixty-five pounds – but he hits like a truck.” ~ Lieutenant Tommy Barrella

KOP Fund

The K-9 Officer Preservation (KOP) Fund ensures every DCSO K-9 receives the same high level of care and compassion throughout their retirement.

Beyond the Call of Duty

More than 20 DCSO K-9 Officers have served since 1989. With honor and respect, we are grateful for their service.

The kindness of friends.

Your contribution to K-9 Friends – no matter how small – makes a big difference for our heroes, their safety and the security of our community.