Officer Keith Therrien is partnered with Yoschi Vom Haus Vortkamp, aka Yoschi. Officer Therrien and Yoschi were partnered together in May of 2016 where they attended the Inglis Police Dog Academy. Yoschi was trained in basic obedience, tracking, and apprehension. Yoschi was purchased through donations made by Ventura Baptist Church. Keith and Yoschi have graduated Narcotics School and Urban Tracking School.
Officer Therrien is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Officer Trevor Hrynyk and Jag
In March of 2016 Officer Hrynyk was selected as VPD’s next K9 handler and was paired with Jag, formerly known as Bronko von Schiffilache. Officer Hrynyk and Jag have completed a rigorous 5-week patrol school at the Inglish Police Dog Academy and graduated from Narcotics School and Urban Tracking School.
Jag was brought directly from Germany to Ventura at 18 months old. Jag was purchased through a generous donation from Land Rover Jaguar Ventura.
Officer Hrynyk and Jag, along with the entire K9 Unit, dedicate an entire day each week for dog training. Training includes obedience, apprehension, searching, and location of narcotics. A K9 team spends approximately 30% of their time training.
Officer Jack Ortega and Miles
Officer Jack Ortega is partnered with Miles. Officer Ortega and Miles were partnered together in July 2017 where they completed a 5-week patrol school through the Inglis Police Dog Academy. Miles is trained in obedience, tracking, and apprehension. In July 2018, Officer Ortega and Miles attended a 4-week explosives detection training and became VPD's first explosives detection K9 team. Miles was purchased through a generous donation from Josh Spiker of Mile 26 Sports in Ventura.
Officer Jack Ortega has been an officer over 20 years and also a K9 Officer in the past, partnered with K9 Felix and K9 Artus from 2001-2011. In July 2019, Officer Ortega and Miles won first place in "Explosives Parcel Search" at the Bakersfield Police Department K9 Trials.
Officer Anthony Avila and Bolt
Officer Anthony Avila is partnered with Berkan Vom Haus Vortkamp, aka Bolt. Officer Avila and Bolt were partnered together in July 2017 where they completed a 5-week patrol school through the Inglis Police Dog Academy. Bolt is trained in obedience, tracking, and apprehension. Officer Avila has been a sworn officer since April of 2012.
Bolt was brought to Ventura from Germany at 18 months old and has been training to be a police dog since he was a puppy. Bolt is related to current K9 Yoschi and retired K9 Yankee. Bolt was purchased by a generous donation made by ARP Racing Products who manufacture nuts, bolts, and washers. In July 2019, Officer Avila and Bolt were awarded third place in "Novice Overall" at the Bakersfield Police Department K9 Trials.
Officer Sean Portillo and Deco
Officer Portillo is partnered with Davos von der Schiffslache, aka Deco. Deco was purchased through a generous donation from Jewelry Couture and named after their in-house brand: DECOage.
Due to the needs of our city, along with being patrol trained in hard surface and urban tracking, Deco will be an explosive detection dog, the second our city has ever had.
Officer Portillo and Deco will be starting Patrol School with the Inglis Police Dog Academy January 13, 2020.
More info on our newest K9 team once they’ve completed needed courses through the Inglis Police Dog Academy.
K9 Unit Supervisor: Sergeant Kenneth Welch
Sergeant Kenny Welch has been with the Ventura Police Department for over 17 years. He has held numerous assignments such as: Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Communications Supervisor, Field Training Supervisor, VPOA Vice President, VPOA President, Rifle Team, Sex Crimes Detective, Investigator with the VPD Gang Unit, and was the Creator of the Ventura POA Eco-Xtreme Mud Run.
Officer Juan "JC" Rodriguez and Rover (Retired)
Officer JC Rodriguez and Rover joined the unit in September 2014. Rover was born on August 4, 2012 in Germany as Enjo vom Cap Arkona and was purchased with a generous donation from Land Rover Jaguar Ventura. Officer Rodriguez and Rover went through Narcotics and Urban Tracking School at the Inglis Police Dog Academy and were most recently awarded third place in "Protection" at the Bakersfield Police Department K9 Trials in 2019.
Officer Rodriguez has been a sworn police officer since 1995 and began work with VPD in August of 2011. He has had the opportunity to work with Motors, Detectives, the Gang Task Force, Narcotics on a DEA Task Force, and SWAT.
Rover retired September 2, 2019 due to health concerns and is enjoying time at home playing and relaxing with his family.
Officer Joseph Metz and Yankee (Retired)
In April of 2014, Officer Joe Metz and Yankee Vom Haus Vortkamp, aka Yankee, became partners and started their training together. In 2014 they were sent to a rigorous 5-week police dog patrol school through the Inglis Police Dog Academy. Yankee was trained in apprehension, urban tracking and narcotics detection through the Inglis Police Dog Academy.
K9 Yankee was born in Germany on November 18, 2012. He was purchased with the help of the National Police Dog Foundation and flown to Ventura where he was partnered with Officer Metz.
Corporal Eric Jackson and Eron (Retired)
Eric and Eron joined the Unit in Sept. 2011 after Eron was flown in from Serbia at 16 months old. K9 Eron has 24 total apprehensions on carjackers, attempted murders, and burglars. He was also a very productive narcotics detection K9 and a regular friend at the West Park PAL Boxing Club where he had the chance to hangout with local students.
Eric has been with VPD 13 years and was a Deputy for 18 years prior and was with Eron for 5 years before promoting out of the Unit.
Retired Police K9 Eron passed away October 18, 2019 at the age of 9 and a half.
Officer Derek Donswyk and Bud (Retired)
Derek joined the Unit in 2001 and Bad Z Praskateckeho Statku, aka Bud joined from the Czech Republic shortly after, when he was about 16 months old. Derek and Bud competed in many K9 competitions, earning 1st place in Protection.
Derek has been with VPD for 22 years, and has been a Police Officer for 25. He is currently assigned to our Patrol Task Force.
Retired Police K9 Bud retired in 2006 and passed away in 2013, at the age of 12.
Corporal Michael Hibdon and Ferro (Retired)
Michael and Ferro joined the K9 Unit in together 2009 and were partnered together for 5.5 years. K9 Ferro was trained in Protection, Narcotics Detection, and Tracking.
K9 Ferro retired in 2014 at the age of 8 due to developing cancer. He passed away three months later. Ferro was a great dog, a great partner, a great friend, and a valuable family member, he is missed greatly.
Officer Jack Ortega and Felix (Retired)
Felix Von Vort Kamp and Artus were dual purpose Patrol and Narcotics Detection K9. He won many wards at various trials throughout his career.