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THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community

THE RENO

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Your Police, Our Community
THE RENO
POLICE DEPARTMENT
Your Police, Our Community
K-9
Officers and dogs at sunset


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The police canines are utilized for a variety of tasks. They have a keen sense of smell, which makes them a superior locating tool. They can search confined spaces and large open areas, locate items of evidentiary value, and find illicit drugs and explosives material. They are also used to track lost people such as children and Alzheimer’s patients.


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training Officer Morgan and Bob on bridge training

The unit deploys both dual purpose patrol canines as well as single purpose detection canines. The police canines and handlers train in a variety of locations throughout the Truckee Meadows. Many of these locations are offered to the K-9 Unit by generous business owners in our community. The police dogs and handlers are put through rigorous training exercises and must pass demanding certification tests annually. The health and wellbeing of the police dogs will always remain the top priority for the Reno Police Department.


Officer Morgan and Bob on bridge

The K-9 Unit regularly assists other units within the Reno Police Department. They are also called to assist many allied agencies at the local, state, and federal levels within the states of Nevada and California.



Lt. Michael Browett

Lt. Browett has been with the Reno Police Department since 2005. He is currently assigned to the Traffic Division. Supervision of the K-9 Unit is a collateral responsibility. Lt. Browett has previously served as a PTO, Sergeant, and PTS. Prior to his employment with the Reno Police Department, he was a deputy in Colorado where he was a K-9 handler of a dual purpose Patrol / Narcotics K-9.


Officer Weaver and K-9 Scully
Officer Weaver and K-9 Scully
Officer Weaver and K-9 Scully

Officer Weaver has been with the Reno Police Department since 2004. He has been a K-9 handler since 2015. Scully, who is a Dutch Shepherd, partnered with Officer Weaver when he was just 18 months old. Scully was born in 2013. Scully is trained in narcotics detection, handler protection, criminal apprehension, tracking, and article location / searching. Officer Weaver serves as the units’ lead trainer.


  • K-9’s favorite treat: Scully doesn’t get treats very often but when he does it’s a chew that helps clean his teeth.
  • K-9’s favorite game: Scully likes to fetch. His favorite game may be tracking humans though
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity: Sleeping. Scully sleeps in his kennel upside down with his feet back and holds them in the air.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity for the handler and K-9 together: Scully and Officer Weaver enjoy hiking to the tops of mountains then sitting while they count ridge tops in the distance
  • Funniest thing the K-9 has done: When Scully sleeps he has vivid dreams, runs in his sleep, and barks!
  • Naughtiest thing the K-9 has done: Once, during a building search, Scully’s professionalism was overcome by an irresistible food he came across - bacon grease.
  • K-9’s worst bad habit: When Scully isn’t feeling well he turns to eating - and has been known to eat things he shouldn’t.
  • K-9’s nickname(s): Scullyman, Sculls, Bub
  • K-9’s cool trick(s): Scully will respond to a command to use the restroom.
Officer White and K-9 Niko
Officer White and K-9 Niko
Officer White and K-9 Niko

Officer White has been with the Reno Police Department since 2006. He has been a K-9 handler since 2015. Niko was born in 2013 and is a German Shepherd from the Czech Republic. Niko is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension, handler protection, and article location / searches.


  • K-9’s favorite treat: Niko doesn’t get treats very often but once a week he does have to take some medication which comes wrapped in deli meat, so to him, it’s a treat!
  • K-9’s favorite game: Niko loves playing fetch.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity: Niko loves to go camping and enjoys swimming as well.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity for the handler and K-9 together: Niko and Officer White like to enjoy time at the lake where Officer White enjoys throwing sticks for him to fetch.
  • Funniest thing the K-9 has done: Niko’s patrol car warns people to "STAY BACK." Of course some can’t resist getting too close - but Niko has a habit of letting them get really close before he makes his presence known! This usually startles the person and garners a few laughs from those watching.
  • Naughtiest thing the K-9 has done: Niko once helped himself to an entire plate of oven fresh cookies that were on the counter cooling
  • K-9’s worst bad habit: Niko doesn’t like octopus. Particularly the one that lives in the car wash. It is the only time he won’t listen to Officer White telling him not to bark, making Officer White dread a weekly car wash.
  • K-9’s nickname(s): Niko Suave
  • K-9’s cool trick(s): Niko likes to play tricks. He will occasionally take a shoe from the family and hide it in the backyard.
Officer Schwartz and K-9 Rone
Officer Schwartz and K-9 Rone
Officer Schwartz and K-9 Rone

Officer Schwartz has worked for the Police Department since 2003. He joined the K-9 Unit in 2017. Rone was born in 2016 and is a Czech Shepherd from Hungary. Rone is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension, handler protection, and article location / searches.


  • K-9’s favorite treat: Rone likes to snack on chicken jerky.
  • K-9’s favorite game: Rone loves nothing more than a simple game of fetch.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity: Rone likes to go for rides in Officer Schwartz’s truck with his four legged brother.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity for the handler and K-9 together: Rone and Officer Schwartz love to go camping together.
  • Funniest thing the K-9 has done: Rone once saw a rabbit and decided to give chase. The screen door that was in between hardly slowed him down but it was enough the rabbit was long gone.
  • Naughtiest thing the K-9 has done: Rone couldn’t resist a taco on Officer Schwartz’s wife’s plate, so he helped himself.
  • K-9’s worst bad habit: Rone chews on his back foot for no apparent reason.
  • K-9’s nickname(s): Brother - Rone’s four legged brother likes to play "Go look for brother (Rone)," a kind of hide and go seek game.
  • K-9’s cool trick(s): Rone just learned how to shake hands
Officer Carter Jr. and K-9 Julio
Officer Carter Jr. and K-9 Julio
Officer Carter Jr. and K-9 Julio

Officer Carter has been with the Reno Police Department since 2003 and a K-9 handler since 2017. He is a member of the Consolidated Bomb Squad which serves much of Northern Nevada with incidents involving explosives. Julio, born in 2016, is a Golden Retriever. He is certified as a single purpose explosives detection K-9.


  • K-9’s favorite treat: Julio enjoys Milk Bones.
  • K-9’s favorite game: Julio likes to chase after tennis balls.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity: Julio enjoys playing with his family’s other four legged family member
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity for the handler and K-9 together: Officer Carter and Julio like spending time at the lake.
  • Funniest thing the K-9 has done: Julio thought it would be fun to make friends with a skunk.
  • Naughtiest thing the K-9 has done: Julio made friends with a skunk. The friendship did not last but the smell did.
  • K-9’s worst bad habit: Julio has a bad habit of trying to chase ducks.
  • K-9’s nickname(s): Jules
  • K-9’s cool trick(s): Julio is all business!
Officer Jones and K-9 Drax
Officer Jones and K-9 Drax
Officer Jones and K-9 Drax

Officer Jones began his career with the Reno Police Department in 2007. His assignments over the years have included Patrol, the Crime Suppression Team, and the Street Enforcment Team where he worked as the lead detective investigating Sex Trafficking and was assigned to the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force. Derek was appointed to the Nevada Coalition to Prevent the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children by Governer Sandoval. Derek was selected to the RPD K9 Unit in January of 2021. A few months later he was paired with his K9 partner, police service dog Drax. Drax is a 2 year old german shepherd dual purpose patrol dog.


  • K-9’s favorite treat: Drax enjoys his dental chews and any treats from the RPD administrative office staff.
  • K-9’s favorite game: Drax loves to play tag - he will run up to you, jump up, and tag you as he goes by.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity: Drax loves hanging out with the family and playing in the pool when it’s hot.
  • K-9’s favorite off duty activity for the handler and K-9 together: Drax likes to improve his skills off duty and enjoys runs with his handler.
  • Funniest thing the K-9 has done: When Drax arrived home, he was exploring the backyard. He climbed up on a landscaping wall and jumped out onto the pool's winter cover. He bounced twice, then jumped up stunned, and took off.
  • Naughtiest thing the K-9 has done: Running through the house at Mach 10, sliding on the hardwood floor and breaking furniture.
  • K-9’s worst bad habit: None yet.
  • K-9’s nickname(s): Draxinator, Mr. Nator, Drax the Destroyer.
  • K-9’s cool trick(s): Giving hugs (once calm, which isn’t very often)