The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit was established in 1992 and has since been a leader in the law enforcement field, setting the standards for police departments and sheriff’s offices throughout the state and region.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office canines perform a variety of functions in the support of field operations (Marine, Aviation, Special Operations Division, Criminal Investigation Division and Uniform Patrol). The handlers and their dogs conduct searches for narcotics, evidence, and articles, as well as tracking and apprehending suspects. The dogs are specially selected for their temperment, intelligence and suitability for police work. The canine teams receive an initial and intensive training of over 400-hours for patrol functions, and 200-hours for detection. The canine and their handlers are continuously training throughout their years of service together.
All canine teams are trained in accordance with the Florida Law Enforcement Canine Association Standards. Our service dog teams have been credited with apprehending numerous felons and recovering narcotic contraband. They also regularly conduct crime prevention demonstrations for civic organizations.
Currently the MCSO Canine Unit is made up of five canine teams which include: K-9 Unit Supervisor D/S Robert Peterson and Canine Samson, D/S Matthew Fritchie and Canine Niko. D/S Eric Schaubel and Canine Ronin, D/S William "Billy" Baker and Canine Falco and D/S Kevin Fritchie and Canine Kwai.
D/S Robert "Pete" Peterson, Supervisor, K-9 Unit