Porter County Sheriff's Patrol

K-9 Memorial

NAME: Cpl. Matt Edwards
K9: Bandit
IN SERVICE: September 17, 2003
BREED: German Shepherd
DATE OF BIRTH: March 4, 2002
WEIGHT: 75 lbs.
TRAINING Landheim Training Center


K9 Aslan and partner Officer Larry LaFlower

K9 Krakken and partner Lt. Chayhitz

After several years of dedicated service K-9 Krakken retired during the summer of 2002.

He was responsible for several drug related arrests and also participated in several locker and parking lot sweeps at local schools.


K9 Freddie and partner Officer Rich Howard

Freddie retired in the spring of 2004, he was a dual purpose canine, trained for narcotics detection and patrol work.  Freddie was able to recognize several narcotic odors, including marijuana, meth, cocaine, heroin, and LSD.  Patrol work included tracking subjects, building/area searches, criminal apprehension, and officer protection.

K9 Benny and partner Officer Gene Hopkins


K-9 Benny served the Porter County Sheriffs Department and its citizens for nearly 5 years.  Benny had to be retired on February 18th 2005 due to work related medical problems and is now enjoying the easy life of a retired Police Dog in the home of his handler Officer Gene Hopkins. During Benny's career he has conducted many narcotics searches for local Police Departments, as well as assisting with tracks and building searches.  Benny assisted the Porter County Narcotics Unit locate and recover hundreds of pounds of Marijuana and also assisted the DEA in locating and recovering almost a Kilo of cocaine that was traveling through Porter County.  Benny had become well known to the youth of Porter County as well through his many visits and demonstrations to the area schools.  His services will be greatly missed but he will be remembered as one of the County's Great Police K-9's.

Sergeant Charlie Douthett and Josie

Josie worked numerous police cases since she joined the Sheriff's department in 1999.  Her case load included 3 Homicides, 4 Missing Persons, 3 Burglaries, Peeping Tom, Prison Escapees, stolen Vehicles, Rape, several Public Relations (including a memorable one where in front of 200 scouts and parents she did a 5 person in door lineup and picked the correct person out with no problem), Drunk Driver, Alleged Abduction, Armed robbery and an Arson.  Josie was diagnosed with a fast growing malignant tumor on her hip an inoperable area. 

She left us on October 31, 2005. Our Thoughts, prayers and love go out to Sergeant Charlie Douthett and his Family.


Click to view Josie's Memorial Page


Officer Gary Gear and Quent

Friday - November 23, 2001  -  The Porter County Sheriff's Department suffered a great loss today, when K-9 Quent was struck and killed by a car in front of his handler's residence. All of us who knew Quent are greatly saddened, but none are as grief stricken as Officer Gary Gear and his fellow K-9 handlers who have worked closely together as a team. Officer Gear and Quent had worked together as partners for over two years, and had been  involved in a number of drug arrests.


Click to view Quent's Memorial Page

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