K9 Unit

The K-9 Unit is an enhanced support function for the Patrol Unit and other departmental units. The K-9 Unit’s primary functions are to respond to calls of incidents with armed or dangerous suspects, in-progress felonies, tracking missing persons or suspects, crowd control, building searches, searches for articles or evidence (including narcotics), and public demonstrations.

The K-9 Team, comprised of one handler and one dog, undergoes rigorous training before being used as a team. Once certified through the State of Ohio, the K-9 Team is subject to continual training in all areas that the team may be used.

The Tiffin Police Department K-9 Team is a Dual Purpose team, meaning they specialize in both patrol work and detection work. Patrol work includes tracking missing persons and suspects, building searches, and suspect apprehensions. Detection work includes searching for illegal narcotics.

If you would like to schedule a K-9 Demonstration for your group or organization, please contact Sgt. Jake DeMonte by
or by phone (419-447-2323).

The Tiffin Police Department’s current K-9 is a Belgian Malinois named Andy, born March 2011. K-9 Andy is named after two fallen Ohio Officers: State Trooper Andy Baldridge and Sandusky PD Officer Andy Dunn. K-9 Andy was purchased from Mohawks Malinois in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

K-9 Andy was partnered with Sergeant Jake DeMonte in March 2012. They trained for 6 weeks at Lynnwoods Kennels in Fremont, Ohio. They are certified through the State of Ohio (OPOTA), and North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) in both patrol work and detection work.

K-9 Andy and Sgt. DeMonte undergo regular training to maintain proficiency in both patrol and detection work.

K-9 Andy lives with Sgt. DeMonte and his family.

  • Only 8 Months of Service due to vehicle being down in 2016
  • 71 Times K9 was utilized in 2016 (Vehicle Sniffs, Search Warrant Sniffs, School Sniffs, Article Searches, Demos, Tracking, Building Searches, Officer Safety)
  • 878.88 uses per month
  • 4 Area School sniffs
  • 5 Demonstrations
  • 429 Calls for Service since Andy was Sworn in on October 2012
  • 107 Calls for Service on Average a year since activated
  • 5 ¾ years old, Should retire around 9-10 years of age

In 2007, Sgt. Jake DeMonte was paired with the department’s fourth dog, K9 Tommy, a dual purpose Dutch Shepherd. K9 Tommy was purchased at Vohne Liche Kennels and was paired with Sgt. DeMonte until October 2011 when he was diagnosed with lymphoma. K9 Tommy received a Distinguished Service medal from Chief LaGrange for his numerous arrests, assists and demonstrations over the course of his career. Sadly, K9 Tommy passed away in February 2012 after succumbing to the disease.

In 2001, Ofc. Dave Horn was paired with his second partner, K-9 Rex, a 2 year old male Belgian Malinois. In November 2001, K-9 Rex and Ofc. Horn received a special commendation from the Chief of Police Dave LaGrange for the successful apprehension of a felony suspect.

Ofc. Horn and K-9 Rex worked as an accomplished K-9 Team until 2004 when Ofc. Horn handed over the K-9 program to Ofc. Joe Feld. Ofc. Feld and K-9 Rex worked as a K-9 Team from 2004 to 2007, until K-9 Rex’s retirement.

Ofc. Horn and K-9 Frits were partners until 2001 when K-9 Frits retired. From 2001 to 2005 K-9 Frits was a member of Ofc. Horn’s family and a beloved pet. Sadly, K-9 Frits passed away in November 2005.

Tiffin Police Department’s first K-9 Team was comprised of Ofc. Mike Marquis and K-9 Cora, a female German Shepherd. K-9 Cora was from Germany, and was brought to America to work as a Police Service Dog. They received their training at the Alabama K-9 Law Enforcement Center. They worked as a team from 1990 to 1995, when K-9 Cora was injured during a felony apprehension and could no longer work. Sadly, K-9 Cora passed away in November 1998.

In 1995, Ofc. Mike Marquis was paired with his second partner, K-9 Frits, a male Dutch Shepherd. K-9 Frits was also born in Holland and brought to America to be a Police Service Dog, and was purchased from Vohne Liche Kennels. They worked as a K-9 team until 1997, when Ofc. Marquis was assigned to the detective division. K-9 Frits was then partnered with Ofc. Dave Horn. They received 6 weeks of training at Lynnwood Kennels in Fremont Ohio. Ofc. Marquis was a trainer during Ofc. Horn’s class.

Special Response Team / Crisis Negotiation Team

SRT is an acronym for Special Response Team. The team consists of specially trained officers from other sections within the police department. They respond to seven main categories of calls:

  • Assist Other Jurisdictions
  • Barricaded subjects – Armed subject(s) barricaded against arrest
  • Heavy Arrest – Arrest of multiple armed felons in a fortified location
  • High Risk Drug Search
  • Warrants
  • Hostage Situations
  • Sniper
  • Special Circumstances (Riot suppression, etc.)

The Tiffin Police Department SRT Team was formed in the fall of 1990 and formally incorporated into department functions in January 1991. The team handles high risk calls that are not otherwise handled by patrol.

The CNT Team is separate from the SRT Team but works closely with them.

CNT is an acronym for Crisis Negotiation Team and was formed in 1994. The team is made up of officers specially trained in the area of negotiations and have attended basic and advanced hostage negotiation courses. The CNT works closely with the SRT Team and are called out to some SRT calls. The CNT deals with the following categories of calls:

  • Barricaded Criminal Suspects
  • Barricaded Suicidal Subjects
  • Hostage Situations
  • Other incidents which require trained negotiators

When a line supervisor requests the SRT or CNT Team they are paged out and respond to the situation at hand. SRT and CNT are support units for the Patrol Division.


Records available
Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.

Records Fax :

Email Requests here

  • We only search the records for offenses that occurred within the City of Tiffin.
  • We only release records that have been disposed of in court and traffic citations.
  • Traffic accidents are available on request and only when the Officer has
    completed the accident report. It is best to call ahead so that it is ready for you
    when you come to pick it up. Normally done within 2 days.
  • Incident Reports are available on cases that are closed and completed by the
  • For accident, theft, and vandalism reports please have your insurance company
    contact us. This will save you a lot of running around as we can give the report
    directly to the insurance company.
  • Name, Date of Birth, and Social Security number will greatly help in a records
  • If you don’t have a records release form we have them available at the Police
    Station or available for download here.
  • If you want to request a form to void a parking ticket we have them available at
    the Police Station or available for download here.
  • Records checks are usually done by the next afternoon.


The Tiffin Police Department does NOT provide fingerprinting:

Please contact C.A.S.A. at 21 Court Street, 419.448.1442 or NCOESC at 928 W. Market Street, 419.447.2927 for any employment or verification fingerprinting.