K-9 Program

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is excited to announce the return of our K9 program. With financial assistance from the Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office we were able purchase a K9 and the training. We also received numerous donations from various local organizations and private citizens. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity and support.

Deputy Copeland will be our new K9 handler. Deputy Copeland started with the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in 2018. Deputy Copeland also worked with military working dogs while serving overseas in the US Army. Deputy Copeland’s dedication to our new K9 program has been nothing short of amazing. We look forward to this K9 team’s success.

We would like to introduce our new K9. K9 Diego is a one in a half year old Belgian Malinois. Diego is a dual purpose K9, which means in addition to narcotic detection, he is trained in various patrol exercises. Diego is highly motivated and has an extreme amount of energy. Deputy Copeland and K9 Diego have successfully completed a 10 week K9 academy, and the State of Illinois K9 Certification.

We look forward to having Deputy Copeland and K9 Diego being involved in events within our communities. A successful program like this doesn’t just exist because of one person or organization. A successful program takes a lot of work, financial support, and dedication from many people.

With the addition of K9 Diego, Henry County is adding another resource to detect illegal narcotics, search and or track for criminals or missing persons/children, conduct evidence searches, building searches, open area searches, vehicle searches, and criminal apprehension, all of which increase officer safety and public safety.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, and K9 Diego are ready to help keep this community safer! 

Dakota and Diego