Meet our K-9 teams!
Handler Dep. Joe Liddick is a former United States Marine who joined the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in 1996 and became a member of the K-9 Unit in 2000. In 2008, Joe partnered with 9-month-old K-9 Ace and the team hit the streets a few months later. This K-9 team has successfully tracked and located over 340 people to date, and they hold the record for the most catches in a single year at 75. Joe and Ace have located everyone from missing children to Homicide suspects.
The team was awarded 2014 Pasco Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Deputy of the Year.
They are also certified in Explosive Detection and area a part of the Tampa Bay Regional Bomb Squad. They have assisted F.B.I., Secrete Service, ATF, FDLE, and other surrounding agencies with Dignitary protection and high profile events such as the 2012 National Republican Convention.
Deputy Liddick considers it an absolute blessing to be partnered with K-9 Ace and to be able to serve Pasco County. Nothing like playing “hide and seek” for a living.
K9 Benco is a 2 year old German Shepherd and has been with the Sheriff’s Office since December of 2015. He was purchased at the age of 15 months by the Sheriff’s Office after arriving from Germany and was in the United States for one week when he was paired with his handler, Deputy Patrick Bingham.
Along with his handler, K9 Benco received his FDLE Patrol K9 Team Certification in May of 2016 after 4 months of K9 Patrol School. K9 Benco is extremely intelligent and is always eager to work and train at his new job.
At home, K9 Benco enjoys relaxing with his partner and family. He loves chewing on bones, chasing tennis balls and running around the yard. K9 Benco has also become quite fond of ice cubes and arrives at the refrigerator when someone is getting ice for a drink; he immediately sits and waits patiently for his ice cube. K9 Benco has become a great partner and has forged an awesome bond with his handler.
Canine Brasko is three years old. Brasko completed Patrol School in April 2015 and narcotics school in July 2015. In November 2015 K9 Brasko attended a seminar in Daytona Beach with 120 other K9 teams. K9 Brasko received first place in narcotics.
At home Brasko loves to play fetch and run around with my children. Once it is time to go to work, Brasko becomes focused and determined to get the job done.
Deputy Hazelton and her K9 partner Dobies are assigned to the Pasco County School System.
Prior to her becoming a member of the K9 section, Deputy Hazelton spent 8 years in the military as law enforcement/K9. Deputy Hazelton was awarded an Air Force Achievement medal for running into a kennel filled with smoke and rescuing 28 military working dogs, while stationed in the Republic of Korea. She was selected twice to work with the Secret Service detail for Vice President Gore. Before K9, she spent time patrolling District Three in the Holiday area. Since working with K9 Dobie’s and the SROs, the team has proactively worked to keep Pasco schools drug free, and have seen a 60% drop in crime in just under a year.
During her off-duty time, Deputy Hazelton enjoys running 5ks with her Autistic son. K9 Dobies enjoys life by the poolside with his adopted canine sisters.
K9 Eragon is a dual purpose police dog that is trained in patrol, tracking and narcotics detection. Eragon was born in Germany on Christmas Eve 2007 and came to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office in 2009. He has been partnered with Deputy Cliff Baltzer since February 2009. He began patrol after 580 hours of intensive training. Eragon is a loyal partner and one of the more experienced K-9’s with the unit. He is dedicated to serving the citizens of Pasco County. Eragon has accomplished over 280 apprehensions, as well as completing numerous drug finds, building searches, and article searches. Eragon is an extremely loyal partner and makes being a K-9 handler worth every minute of the job.
K9 Fin is three and half years old, and has been with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office about 2 and half years. He is a Patrol K9 and he is also a Narcotic Detection K9. He is the largest German Shephard in the unit, and weighs approximately 92 pounds currently. K9 Fin actually has more experience than his handler, Sergeant Cabbage, and he never lets him forget it.
At home, Fin is super laid back and enjoys a good knuckle bone to chew on. He enjoys playing outside when off duty and will chase a tennis ball until you are tired of throwing it. Although full of energy, Fin definitely enjoys down time at home and has been known to nap with all four legs in the air. So far,there has been no complaints about his snoring from his neighbors!
Kenobi is a sable colored German Sheppard, imported from Germany. He was born in March of 2009 and has been with the Sheriff’s Office, and partner to Deputy Adam Gonzalez, since January of 2012. K9 Kenobi is certified in patrol functions, such as tracking and area/building searches. He is also certified in narcotics detection.
K9 Kenobi is playful at home and loves to chew his bones. He does not like the television show, “Two and a Half Men,” and howls when he hears the theme song.
K9 Yogi is a 3 year old German Shepherd and has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2014. He was purchased at the age of 15 months by the Sheriff’s Office after arriving from Germany and was in the United States for one week when he was paired with his handler, Deputy Mark Pini.
Along with his handler, K9 Yogi received his FDLE Patrol K9 Team Certification in March of 2015 after 4 months of K9 Patrol School. K9 Yogi also received a certification in narcotics detection in September 2016. K9 Yogi is extremely motivated and is always excited to go to work.
At home, K9 Yogi enjoys relaxing at home and resting up for his next shift. He loves milk bones, and chewing on his Kong toy. One of K9 Yogi’s favorite things to do is chase around Deputy Pini’s 3 year old son. K9 Pini has become a great partner and has forged an awesome bond with his handler and family.