|Sheriff's Office, Hall of Justice|
|K9 Unit |
The Sheriff's Office K9 Unit currently consists of one K9 team: Deputy Henkel and Sacha. Handler's are selected by the Sheriff from a list of volunteers who are willing to make a long committment to the program.
Sacha is a Belgian Malinois born in Holland November 2010. She was imported from Holland in August 2012 by the Kasseburg Canine Training Center, located in New Market, Alabama. LSO representatives traveled to the Kasseburg Canine Training Center for a two day selection test before choosing Sacha to return to Lancaster County. Sacha attended training at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in obedience, drug detection, tracking, handler protection, article searches, and building searches during the final months of 2012 along with her handler Deputy Jason Henkel. Deputy Henkel was certified as a canine training instructor through the Nebraska State Patrol at NLETC.
Deputy Henkel started his law enforcement career several years ago as a police officer in Gothenburg, Nebraska. Henkel also brings experience from his time as a Gage County Sheriff's Deputy and as a police officer for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. While at UNL, Henkel achieved the rank of sergeant. Deputy Henkel was hired by the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office in June of 2006. Henkel was assigned to the patrol division as a patrol deputy since his hire. In September of 2006, Deputy Henkel was selected to replace Sgt. Brent Moore as the Office's K9 deputy. Deputy Henkel's first assigned K9, Dax, retired in 2012. Sacha lives with Deputy Henkel and his family at their home in rural Lancaster County.
The K9 Unit is primarily funded through donations from private individuals and businesses. Donations are used to purchase new dogs and equipment as well as pay for veterinary care. The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office welcomes citizen and business participation in sustaining this worthwhile program. Donations may be sent to:
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
All LSO K9s keep their skills sharp through continuous training. Each week one shift is dedicated to ongoing training with the LSO and Lincoln Police Department K9 Units. The five K9 teams train together and maintain their dogs' talents and skills by setting up realistic scenarios. Each scenario is created to give the dogs the illusion that they are working a typical call. The handlers will take turns playing the "criminal" so that the K9s can perform their tasks. Without this dedicated training, the dogs can lose their skills and not be as effective during an actual deployment.