Spotlight: K-9 Robbie
Canine, Johnson County
Robbie is a
four-year old Belgium Malinois purchased by the Sheriff’s Office from the Vohne
Liche Kennels of Denver, Indiana. The Vohne Liche Kennel trains dogs for use by
many agencies across our nation and in 20 foreign countries, including but not
limited to the National Security Agency, Pentagon Police, and the United States
Secret Service. Robbie is certified and titled as a Dual-Purpose Canine and has
undergone extensive training in locating narcotics and suspect apprehension.
During Robbie’s training at Vohne Liche, he studied Obedience, Decoy work, Leash
Control, Building Searching, Tracking, and Handler Protection. After the Kennel
staff prepared Robbie, Canine Handler Deputy Kerry Hamilton was sent through
five weeks of training with his new partner.
Since he has
worked the streets of Johnson County, Robbie has made multiple felony and
misdemeanor apprehensions. A suspected burglar fled on foot from Deputy’s in a White
River Township Subdivision and successfully hid in an unsecured mini-barn until
Robbie tracked him down. Hearing the mean bark and heavy breathing of the
Belgium Malinois just outside the mini-barn door was enough to bring the
trembling suspect out of hiding without any injuries to the pursuing Deputy’s.
Recently, Robbie located a suspect who had just committed a theft in rural Needham
Township. The man refused to comply with orders to stop and was quickly and
effortlessly apprehended by Robbie. Robbie routinely locates narcotics hidden
inside or thrown from motor vehicles during traffic stops.
works with Robbie daily and they train together with other canine units on a
from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office are available to provide public service
demonstrations for your Community Service Group or Neighborhood Association.
For more information, E-mail the Road Division Commander, Major Randy Werden,
This Spotlight article is the first in a series introducing
to the public some of the special tools, staff, and resources of your Johnson
County Sheriff’s Office.