Within the Criminal Division are the deputies and detectives. The primary function of the Criminal Division is law enforcement: responding to citizen's calls for assistance, investigation of crimes committed, traffic law enforcement through proactive traffic stops, and crime prevention through public education. Administration of this bureau is assigned to a Chief Criminal Deputy, assisted by two lieutenants and six sergeants. In addition, this division includes two detectives and approximately 23 deputies. Other special units include K-9 units, a Special Emergency Response Team, a Marine Safety Program, and traffic enforcement units. The Sheriff's Office also dedicates manpower and resources to participation in the countywide Drug Task Force.
The Sheriff's Office currently has one K9 unit, 'Max' and is assigned to Deputy Tracy Gay as an apprehension dog.
Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that K9 Max has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by Lorene Boldman, resident of Kent, WA and is embroidered with the sentiment “Unconditional Bravery, Strength and Duty."
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c(3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1,600 protective vests in 49 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $1.5 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.
The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 19 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.
The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 to $2,234 and a five-year warranty. There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.
Marine Safety Program
In 1999, the sheriff's office was the recipient of two personal watercrafts from the Polaris Corporation for use in a Marine Safety Program. In addition, the sheriff's office has several other watercraft that are used for search and rescue operations and patrol during flood seasons. Five deputies make up the Marine Services Unit and are fully trained to utilize all of our watercrafts for marine law enforcement and search and rescue functions.