The Waukesha Police Department started their Canine Unit in 2021. The unit currently has three Canines. The Canine unit is funded entirely through financial and in-kind donations.
K9 Emma is a female Dutch Shepherd. K9 Emma is a Patrol K9. K9 Emma is trained in searches, tracking, suspect apprehension and handler protection. K9 Emma was given to our agency through the Emma Loves Dogs Foundation after they were asked by Crossroads K9's for Cops to select an agency to receive a police dog in honor of the late Emma Mertens. The Emma Loves Dogs Foundation is named after Emma Mertens to continue her legacy. K9 Emma is handled by Officer Jeremy Bousman.
K9 Arko is a male Belgian Malinois. K9 Arko is a Patrol K9 trained in searches, tracking, suspect apprehension and handler protection. A donor wished to purchase a patrol K9 for our department and made K9 Arko possible for our agency. K9 Arko is handled by Officer Nate Smidt.
K9 Ryker is a male Black Lab who is trained to search for missing endangered people such as missing children or missing elderly people. K9 Ryker is also trained in electronics detection. K9 Ryker is handled by Specialist Niki Nelson. K9 Ryker and Specialist Nelson work closely with our Internet Crimes Against Children Detectives. This allows K9 Ryker to locate electronic evidence, focusing on child predators, who often hid their files on small devices which are nearly impossible to locate. K9 Ryker is only the fourth dog in the state trained to do this. K9 Ryker was made possible through donations.
Pet Supplies Plus of Brookfield graciously provides all of the dog food for the Canine Unit. Animal Wellness Center- Waukesha graciously provides all veterinary care for our Canines.
As the Canine Unit is not funded with tax dollars, donations are always accepted at the police department. Checks can be made to out to Waukesha Police Department Canine Unit.