K9 Aslan and partner
Officer Larry LaFlower
Krakken and partner Lt. Chayhitz
After several years of dedicated service K-9
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.
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
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.
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
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