K9 Team

The Mill Creek K9 Unit addresses the priorities of our police department with its unique approach to addressing criminal activity.

Meet Officer Durkee and Rasko

An image of Officer Durkee and K9 Rasko The current K9 team consisted of Officer Ian Durkee and K9 Rasko entered service with the intent to be certified for tracking and apprehension.

To become certified, Officer Durkee and Rasko completed a 400-hour training course and certify yearly per the standards of the Washington State Police Canine Association. This exhaustive level of constant training is required in order to develop a proficient, productive, and effective canine team.

Rasko is expected to complete his service life in the first quarter of 2019.

Officer Lerma and Bagira
A photo of K9 Bagira and Officer Lerma The new K9 team, affectionately known as K9 version 2.0, is expanding on the capabilities of the current K9 team.

The team includes Officer Nathan Lerman and Bagira, a one-year-old German Shepherd and the Mill Creek Police Department’s newest K9 in training.

Bagira and his partner, Officer Nathan Lerma, are hard at work in Thurston County, working on the necessary skills for obedience, tracking and apprehending suspects. They are focused on developing and honing these skills as they work toward state certification. Upon certification, the team will work for approximately six months before returning to Code 4 Canine for a six-week course on drug detection.

The presence of its own drug detection K9 team means that Mill Creek will have the availability and flexibility to provide proactive patrol on local trails, in City parks, and throughout neighborhoods. In addition to service in Mill Creek, a dual-certified K9 team will benefit other regional law enforcement partners by assisting on calls.

Welcome to the family, Bagira, and great work, Officer Lerma!