Police dogs, often referred to as K9 (from canine) are trained specifically to assist police and other law-enforcement personnel in their work. The Fort McDowell Police Department has one K9 team.

K9 Sergeant
Jesse Puffer & Ellie

The Fort McDowell Police Department’s K9 is Ellie, a black female German Shepherd. Ellie was shipped from Von Grunheide Kennels, north of Seattle, Washington.

K9 Ellie is assigned to Sergeant Puffer; together they attended a 6 to 8 week Canine Academy program. Ellie is currently certified in patrol and narcotics. K9 Ellie is the 4th canine in service since the inception of the Fort McDowell Police Department Canine Unit.

In March 2006 Sergeant Jesse Puffer was selected to be one of two K9 handlers for the Fort McDowell Police Department. Sergeant Puffer was teamed up with Narcotic/Patrol Canine Sortie.

In April 2006 Sergeant Puffer spent a few months at ISS K9-Nightwinds, a dog training facility in Bisbee, where he completed his training.Sergeant Puffer is a 9 year veteran of the Fort McDowell Police Department, and is currently assigned as both a Patrol Sergeant and a K9 handler/supervisor.

Our Retired K9

K9 Durro – Retired

K9 Sortie – Retired

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In emergency situations always call 9-1-1. For other police related matters call the Fort McDowell Police Department at 480-837-1091.