Williamson County Sheriff's Office
K-9 Division 
  The Williamson County Sheriff's Office has three canine units.  All of the WCSO dogs are certified dual-purpose dogs, which means they are trained and certified as narcotic detection dogs and patrol dogs.  The patrol certification includes tracking,
apprehension, and handler protection.  Two of the K9's were placed into service in 2003.   The third K9 was placed into service in late 2010. 

  Each K-9 is assigned to a deputy and lives with that deputy and his/her family. In order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the WCSO, continuous education is top priority.  Reliability in job performance is of paramount importance when it comes to our K9's and their duties. Their ongoing proficiency training ensures each dog will act and perform according to expectations and standards. Working towards that goal, all handlers and their dogs exceed the number of expected hours for monthly maintenance training. The WCSO K9 team literally saves hundreds of man -hours each year searching for criminal suspects and missing persons. Our canines, with the use of their enhanced sense of smell, can search a location in a fraction of the time that it would take a deputy or search team, therefore allowing our resources to be back in full service in a timely manner.

The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office mainly uses Belgian Malinois and as our K9 companions. These dogs are imported from Europe and will typically join the Sheriff's Office when they are between 1-3 years old. We have found that European dogs have a strong work ethic and provide our community the best return for the investment in time and money that a canine team requires. Each K9 must complete 420 hours of training with its handler/deputy to be certified as a law enforcement canine. Once certified, the canine is given its own Sheriff's Office personal identification number and badge. Our dogs are a treasured part of the sheriff's office. To that end, state law helps protect law enforcement canines by making it a felony to injury or kill a police dog.