One of the most visible units at the Grand Junction Police Department is the beloved K9 Unit. The Grand Junction Police Department currently has two K9 officer positions, which enhance the public safety of the City of Grand Junction residents. A K9 team deters criminal activity and assists the department in locating illegal drugs and finding missing persons. Properly trained and deployed K-9s have a direct impact on reducing crime in the areas where they are deployed.
Officer Trevor Hawkins and his K9, Nero
This team has been serving the GJPD since 2015, and make up half of the Grand Junction Police Department's K9 Unit. K9 Nero specializes in tracking, but is also certified in patrol work and narcotics.
Officer Joey Gonzales and his K9, Merlin
This duo joined the K9 team in 2018 and round out the other half of the Grand Junction Police Department's K9 Unit. Merlin is certified in patrol, narcotics, and tracking.