The mission of the Hutchinson Police Department’s K-9 Unit is to enhance the Department’s efforts in crime prevention and detection, criminal apprehension, and service to the community. It is the K-9 Unit’s duty to support field personnel and other law enforcement agencies in their efforts to detect and identify controlled substances and track suspects, missing persons, or potential evidence. It is the K-9 Unit’s goal to familiarize law enforcement personnel with the capabilities and limitations of police canines and promote positive public relations.
Ofc. Sanders & K9 Ofc. Tank
Ofc. Sanders joined the Hutchinson Police Department in 2014 and was the department’s first K-9 Handler. Ofc. Sanders is also assigned to the Reno County Emergency Response Team as a sniper/observer.
K9 Officer Tank was born in Hungary on 2/26/2017. K9 Tank is certified through K9 Working Dogs International in narcotics detection and tracking. Tank is trained in detecting marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin, and MDMA. This certification is valid from January 23, 2019—April 1, 2020.
DUNS # 83-242-1206, DEA #RK0398075, ATF #5-KS-027-33-3B-00798
Ofc. Schmidt & K9 Ofc. Nika
Ofc. Schmidt has been on the Hutchinson Police Department since 2015. He is an FTO and a member of the Reno County Emergency Response Team as a snip-er/observer.
K9 Officer Nika was born on 9/17/2017 in Mexico. K9 Nika went through train-ing at The Hill Country Dog Center in narcotics detection and tracking. K9 Nika is trained in detecting marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin, and MDMA. NNDDA Certification # 60628
Ofc. Gibson & K9 Ofc. Harper
Ofc. Gibson has been with the Hutchinson Police Department since 2019 and has served as a One beat officer.
K9 Officer Harper is a Belgian Malinois born in Mexico on 12-26-20. K9 Harper completed training through Signal K9 out of Texas and is a multi-purpose K9, trained in narcotic detection and tracking. K9 Harper is trained in detecting heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and MDMA.