Police dogs, often referred to as K9 (from canine) are trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. The Fort McDowell Police Department has two K9 teams.
K9 Sergeant Jesse Puffer & Ellie
The Fort McDowell Police Department would like to introduce our new canine, Ellie, a 3-year old black female German Shepherd. Ellie was shipped from Von Grunheide Kennels, north of Seattle, Washington.
K9 Ellie is assigned to Sergeant Puffer; together they will attend a 6 to 8 week Canine Academy program. Upon completion of the program, Ellie will be certified in patrol and narcotics. K9 Ellie will become the 4th canine in service since the inception of the Fort McDowell Police Departments Canine Unit.
In March 2006 Sergeant Jesse Puffer was selected to be one of two K9 handlers for the Fort McDowell Police Department. Sergeant Puffer was teamed up with Narcotic/Patrol Canine Sortie.
In April 2006 Sergeant Puffer spent a few months at ISS K9-Nightwinds, a dog training facility in Bisbee, where he completed his training.Sergeant Puffer is a 9 year veteran of the Fort McDowell Police Department, and is currently assigned as both a Patrol Sergeant and a K9 handler/supervisor.
K9 Durro – Retired
In November 2009 Officer J. Berger was sent to Gold Coast K9 School in Ventura, California, where he was teamed up with Narcotic/Patrol Canine Durro. Durro, a 6 year old Belgium Malinois, is a great asset to the Fort McDowell Police Department and has been involved in over 40 drug cases.
Officer Berger has over 12 years of experience as a canine handler with the Department of Defense and the Fort McDowell Police Department. Officer Berger is currently assigned to the Patrol Division of the Fort McDowell Police Department and, along with Sergeant Puffer, is one of the two canine handlers in the department. K9 Durro is the 3rd Canine in service since the inception of the Fort McDowell Police Department Canine Units.
K9 Sortie – Retired
Sortie, 2 years old in 2006, is a Czech Shepherd imported from the Netherlands, first to Mississippi then to Arizona.
In November 2013 Fort McDowell Police Department canine Sortie formally retired.
He has worked with his handler sergeant Jesse Puffer for the past 7 years. Sortie a Czech Shepard started with the Fort McDowell Police Department in 2006. He was certified in patrol and narcotics and has been involved in over 70 drug cases. Upon retirement Sortie will be adopted by Sergeant Puffer and his family.
In emergency situations always call 9-1-1. For other police related matters call the Fort McDowell Police Department at 480-837-1091.