Ever since their birth, both K9 Wasko and K9 Rev were trained and prepared for life as a police dog. Both K9s were flown to the United States as yearlings, where they started police training at the Steinig Tal Kennels in Campbellsport, WI. As young and very energetic pups, they still had a lot to learn about how to work and listen to their new handlers' commands.
Both K9 handlers, Deputies Arndt and Swanson, also had to learn to speak their language (German) in order to communicate with them. These German commands are used with the K9s to this day, and will continue throughout their life as a police dog. K9 Wasko graduated from the academy in May 2015 and K9 Rev graduated from the academy in May 2017. Both were then immediately sworn in with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office by Sheriff Johnson and used in various capacities.
Their fellow K9 graduates and alumni from Steinig Tal Kennels serve with a huge variety of Law Enforcement agencies throughout the country at the Federal, State and Local levels. K9s work for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Secret Service (USSS), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), all branches of the United States Military and, of course, local Sheriff and Police Departments.
Both K9s are expertly trained in suspect apprehension, drug searches, and missing persons tracking. Both dogs also service in the Ozaukee County SWAT team and is used regularly on SWAT calls.
Deputy Arndt joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2008 and has served in both the jail and patrol divisions.
Deputy Swanson joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2009, has served in both the jail and patrol divisions, has been awarded several Life Saving Awards, the Sheriff’s Valor Award, is a DAAT (Defense & Arrest Tactics) Instructor and serves as a Field Training Officer in patrol.
Both K9’s live in Ozaukee County at home with their handlers and serve to make this a better place to live every minute of every hour of every day!