K9 Unit

The mission of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit is to provide support to all divisions of the Sheriff’s Office, as well as surrounding agencies, in the apprehension, detection and deterrence of criminal activity. Through realistic and continuous training the K9 Unit promotes teamwork, integrity, pride, honor and leadership. Each member of the K9 Unit strives to maintain officer safety and preserve the quality of life for all citizens of Ellis County.

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• Corporal McCorkle and his canine Riko (shown above, left) have been a team since 2014. Riko is trained as a dual-purpose canine that is capable of searching and tracking criminals, article/evidence searching, handler protection and drug detection. Riko is a German shepherd and weighs about 70 pounds. The canine is certified through the United States Police Canine Association and the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association. McCorkle holds a Master Peace Office Proficiency Certificate with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Education and Standards. He received supervisory training at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in 2008 and attended Bob Eden's Police K9 Management Program in 2013. McCorkle’s prior canine, Jax, was retired in 2014. As a team, McCorkle and Jax won several regional and national awards in police canine competitions.

• Deputy Valley and his canine Blade (shown above, right) have been a team since 2014. Blade is trained as a dual-purpose canine that is capable of searching and tracking criminals, article/evidence searching, handler protection and drug detection. Blade is a German shepherd and weighs about 70 pounds. The canine is certified through the United States Police Canine Association and the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association.

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Canine Jax’ career spanned 2007-2014. He started his service with the city of Cedar Hill, serving with that agency until 2011, when he and his handler joined the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. He continued his service with the ECSO until his retirement in 2014. During his service at Cedar Hill and with ECSO, Jax was credited for numerous apprehensions and narcotics cases. Jax participated in countless demonstrations for children at daycare to college students at large universities. Jax was even featured in a children’s book, “T is for Texas,” where he is in a photograph and caption under the letter “K” (K-9 unit). Jax was the recipient of numerous awards and honors during his career, including being named Top Narcotics Detection Dog for Region 20 of the United States Police Canine Association in 2012 and achieving seventh place National Narcotics Detection Dog with the United States Police Canine Association in 2012.