K9 Unit

The Vancouver Police Department has three 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 K9's are dual certified in both patrol and narcotic detection.


Meet the Vancouver K9 Teams

Ofc. R. Starbuck and K9 Ivar

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. 
 

Ofc. B. Viles and K9 Enzo

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.
 

douville and doc

Vancouver Police Officer Chris Douville and K9 Doc
Officer Douville was hired by the Vancouver Police Department in 2013. He was a lateral officer from the Spokane Police Department. Officer Douville and his K9 partner Doc, a Dutch Shepherd, are the newest members of the Vancouver Police K9 Unit. They went into service in 2016.