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 16,991 deployments, 1,418 arrests and 623 assists in surrounding counties, while seizing over 900 pounds of narcotics and $1.1 Million 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 six Deputy/K-9 teams.

Corporal Tyler Morris

Corporal 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. Corporal 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 is the old man in the group and smells no matter how many baths you give him. He likes to hear himself talk and talk and talk.” ~ Corporal Tyler Morris

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’s first partner, Colt, was retired in January 2019. That same month, Deputy Kyle traveled to Gold Coast K-9 where he chose his new partner, Sig.

K-9 Officer Sig

Born: June 2, 2017
Breed: German Shepard
Start Date: 2019
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Narcotics
Hobbies: Socializing with people and testing Travis’s patience

“Sig Is the baby in the bunch, he is probably the most methodical dog in the unit. You can actually hear him think!” ~ Deputy Travis Kyle

Deputy Tim Van Noordt

Deputy Tim Van Noordt is a Colorado native. He started his career in law enforcement in 2010 with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. After working in the Detentions and Patrol Division he was selected to be a K-9 handler in August of 2017 where he was paired with his first dog, Mako. Together they attended training at Gold Coast K-9 and hit the streets in November of 2017. K-9 Mako is a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix who was born in Slovakia.

K-9 Officer Mako

Born: May 13, 2016
Breed: German Shephard and Belgian Malinois Mix
Start Date: 2017
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Building Searches
Hobbies: Sleeping on top of his kennel instead of inside it

“Mako has the biggest personality on the team. That dog never sits still and would best be described as part kangaroo.” ~ Deputy Tim Van Noordt

Deputy Kyle Nilemo

Deputy Kyle Nilemo began his Law Enforcement Career in 2011 with the Cripple Creek Police Department. His career continued with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and then the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 2015. He served with the Douglas County Region SWAT Team, before becoming a K9 handler in 2017. He graduated from the Gold Coast K9 Dual Purpose handler course, where he was paired with Rudy.

K-9 Officer Rudy

Born: May 10th, 2016 – Slovakia
Breed: Dutch Shepard
Start Date: 2017
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Tracking
Hobbies: Playing tug of war

“Rudy is the most destructive dog I have ever met, he would eat an entire loveseat if you let him, he actually ate Kyle’s K-9 homework one day. But has the biggest heart and is a real cuddle bug who is always starving for attention.” ~ Deputy Kyle Nilemo

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 the runt in the bunch, but a real pocket rocket. That dog can run and fly through the air like none I have ever seen. He will literally steal your lunch money!” ~ Deputy Brad Proulx

Deputy Blake Davis

Deputy Blake Davis started his law enforcement career in 2015 where he worked at the Wheat Ridge Police Department and joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in 2017. He graduated the Gold Coast K-9 school in 2018, where he was paired with Blu.

K-9 Officer Blu

Born: August 29, 2016 – Czech Republic
Breed: German Shepard / Malinois Mix
Start Date: 2018
Training: Patrol Work / Narcotics Detection
Specialty: Building Searches
Hobbies: Looking for his little sister’s (human) stuffed animals

“Blu is the hardest biting dog I have ever taught! He literally broke my arm while I was in the bite suit when we were picking him. But just as fast as he turns it on, he can turn it off and give you a huge lick right across your forehead. That dog has issues.” ~ Deputy Blake Davis

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.