Retired Police K9 "Crow"
In 2001, the Palatine Village Council approved the creation of Palatine’s first K-9 Unit. Veteran Officer Pat Johnson was selected and paired up with "Crow", a German Shepherd. Officer Johnson trained with Crow at Tops Kennels in Grayslake Illinois and was certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA). During his tour of duty, Crow assisted in the tracking and apprehension of suspects, missing persons, building and vehicle searches. Crows efforts resulted in numerous arrests and drug seizures. Crow served from 2002 through 2008. Crow retired from active police service in the fall of 2008.
The Palatine Police Department's K9 Unit
In January 2009, a German Shepherd named "Elvis" became the Palatine Police Department's second patrol canine after K-9 Crow was recently retired. Elvis was born June 3, 2007 in Appling, Georgia and was partnered with Officer Jamie Ashe after both completed an eight week long Basic K-9 Training Program in Amelia County, Virginia. Elvis and Officer Ashe are certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) in narcotics detection, building/area searches, criminal apprehension, handler protection and tracking of suspects and lost persons. To date Elvis has assisted in locating 9 kilograms of cocaine hidden in vehicles that led to felony drug charges on multiple offenders. Elvis lives at home with Officer Ashe and his family.
Retired K9 "Iggy"
In May 2009, the Palatine Police welcomed its third German Shepherd canine officer, "Iggy". Iggy was born in Europe in 2007, and is partnered with Officer Keith Kirkpatrick. Officer Kirkpatrick and Iggy completed an eight week long Basic K9 Training Program in Amelia County, Virginia. Iggy and Officer Kirkpatrick were certified through the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) in narcotics detection, building / area searches, criminal apprehension, handler protection and tracking of suspects and lost persons. Iggy assisted Palatine Officers on numerous narcotics and tracking cases.
Iggy and Officer Kirkpatrick retired in 2014.