The Police Department maintains three K-9 teams. Two teams are assigned to the Patrol Division and one team is assigned to the Investigations Division. This partnership is more than work though, as these dogs also live with the handlers at their homes.
Currently, Officer Eric Muska and his partner Niko (German Shepherd), along with Officer Grif Lippencott and his partner Maximus (Malinois/German Shepherd) are each assigned to patrol and work similar schedules to the patrol officers. These are uniformed positions, with each officer driving a specially marked K-9 vehicle. Along with general patrol duties, the patrol K-9 officers provide building searches, evidence and suspect searches, tracking of missing persons and suspects, as well as narcotics detection.
Officer Lindgren and his partner Astor are assigned to the Investigations Division. Astor’s breed is German Short Hair that is utilized for narcotics detection. Astor is a single purpose dog. This simply means that he specializes in the function of narcotics identification.
In addition to their work responsibilities, the K-9 officers are also heavily involved in the community, as they often make public appearances and give presentations to a variety of community groups.
The K-9 teams spend a considerable amount of time training in order to maintain their proficiency. The initial training consists of a rigorous 10-week program that not only prepares them for the jobs listed above, but also in how to work together as a team. After the initial training, the teams engage in formal bi-monthly training, which helps keep the team sharp. There are also countless hours of extra training time that these partners engage in to hone and master their craft. All of the teams are ILETSB certified, which is an annual procedure.
The use of K-9 teams has proven to be an excellent tool for this department and law enforcement in general. The K-9s have a keen sense of smell that gives them the ability to locate persons and/or evidence. The dogs also offer the handler and other officers an element of safety through their natural instinct to protect.
The K-9s are valued members of our family here at the Naperville Police Department and offer us another means to help keep our residents and community safe!
K-9 Unit Contacts
K-9 Commander Ken Gettemy
TEL: (630) 420-8440