Criminal Division

Law Enforcement - Crime Prevention


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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. The Criminal Division consists of the Chief Criminal Deputy, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Detectives, K-9 Handlers, Traffic Enforcement, Animal Control, and Patrol Deputies. Members of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division also manage a Marine Services Unit, Force Training Unit and a Bike Patrol Unit.  Additionally, the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division also participates in the multi-agency Critical Response Unit and Drug Task Force.

K-9 Unit

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The Sheriff's Office currently has two K-9 units. K-9 'Max' is assigned to Sergeant Tracy Gay (left) as an apprehension dog. K-9 "Tango" is assigned to Deputy Justin Rivas (right), also as an apprehension dog.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office is pleased to announce that K-9 Max has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from nonprofit organization Vested Interest in K-9s, 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 K-9s, 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 K-9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K-9s, 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 K-9 graduates, as well as K-9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The suggested donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K-9 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 K-9s, 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 Service Unit

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In 1999, the Sheriff's Office was the recipient of two personal watercrafts from the Polaris Corporation for use in a Marine Services Unit. In addition, the Sheriff's Office has several other watercraft that are used for search and rescue operations and patrol during flood seasons. The deputies assigned to the Marine Services Unit are fully trained to utilize all of our watercrafts for marine law enforcement and search and rescue functions.