Canine teams may be used to provide specialized services to support the mission, goals and objectives of the Berrien County Sheriff Office. Recognizing that canines have a superior sense of smell and hearing, the trained law enforcement canine is a valuable supplement to police staffing.
Canines may be used for :
- Conducting building searches for hidden offenders.
- Locating lost, missing or incapacitated persons.
- Tracking suspects who have fled crime scenes.
- Conducting crime scene and area searches for discarded evidence, such as clothing, weapons, etc.
- Detecting the presence of narcotic substances.
- Assisting in the establishment of probable cause in asset forfeiture cases.
- Other situations not mentioned above when deemed appropriate.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Office canine teams are available 24 hours a day to assist when needed.
Deputy Crosby & K-9 "Blek"
Deputy Brandon Crosby has been a police officer since 2003 and has been assigned to Road Patrol and Narcotics. Deputy Crosby has been a canine handler since 2014. K9 Blek is Deputy Crosby’s second working dog. In addition to being a K9 handler, Deputy Crosby is a Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor and evidence technician.
Blek is a German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois mix. Blek is from Belarus and was born in July of 2018. Blek is trained in explosives detection, firearms detection, tracking, suspect apprehension, and handler protection. Blek has been my partner since November of 2019, since graduating basic training at FMK9 in Berrien Springs. Blek's favorite toy is his tug toy. He loves to play tug of war!
Deputy Grenon & K-9 "Maxx"
Deputy Grenon has been with the Berrien County Sheriff's Office since 2009. Deputy Grenon previously worked in the jail division and is currently a K9 handler in the road patrol division and is also a member of the accident investigation team.
Maxx is a German Shepherd / Belgian Malinois cross from the Netherlands. Maxx is certified in patrol and narcotics work and is assigned to Deputy Grenon. Maxx is certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association. Maxx became a member of the Berrien County Sheriff's Department in 2017. K9 Maxx loves going to work and in his off time enjoys playing with his favorite toy, a tennis ball.
Deputy Haskins & K-9 "Mika"
Mika is a 4 year old Belgian Malinois and was born in Budapest in 2016. She was trained in the Netherlands and accepts Dutch commands. She is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension and handler protection.
Mika is currently assigned to Deputy Jason Haskins.
Deputy Haskins has been with the K9 unit since 2006 and Mika became a member of the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office in 2018. She loves to swim and chase chipmunks. The one thing Mika hates is having her nails trimmed.