The Vancouver Police Department has four K9 teams who work out of the patrol division. A team may also work with the SW Washington Regional SWAT Team, depending on their training. All four K9's are dual certified in both patrol and narcotic detection.
Meet the Vancouver K9 Teams
Vancouver Police Officer Ryan Starbuck and K9 Ivar
Officer Starbuck was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2005. He was a reserve for the Vancouver Police Department prior to being hired. He was assigned to the K9 unit in 2012. His first K9 partner Ory retired due to a medical issue in 2013. His current partner is K9 Ivar.
Vancouver Police Officer Brian Viles and K9 Enzo
Officer Viles was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2003. He was hired as an entry level officer. Officer Viles has been with the K9 Unit since 2007 with K9 partners Swift and Leonidas (Leo), both who were retired. Officer Viles' current K9 partner Enzo is a German Shepherd who went into service in 2012.
Vancouver Police Officer Roger Evans and K9 Tripp
Officer Evans was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 1998. He was a lateral officer from Tennessee. Officer Evans was in the K9 unit with his K9 partner Dakota from 2005-2007. Dakota was killed in the line of duty in 2007. Officer Evans returned to the K9 Unit with K9 partner Eron, a German Shepherd who went into service in 2010 and retired in 2015. His current K9 Partner Tripp began service in 2015. K9 Tripp is named in honor of Tennessee State Trooper Douglas W. Tripp who was killed in the line of duty on May 19, 1991.