The Littleton Police K9 Unit was established initially in 1963 when a three-year-old German Sheperd, “Hans” was donated to Littleton Police Department (LPD). “Hans” retired in 1966 due to his handler transferring to another agency. LPD spent several decades without a K9 unit until 2008, when LPD reintroduced a K9 unit comprised of two teams: Officer Jones and Koda, and Officer Hanstrom and Zan.
The K9s are trained to search for and detect drugs, track an
d apprehend suspects, and clear buildings. The K9s are used to supplement the patrol team and increase overall officer safety for all officers. Additionally, the K9 teams take part in public demonstrations and are a citizen academy favorite.
The K9s are assigned to an officer and reside with the officer and their family. The team serves together until the K9 retires, which is typically six to eight years. The K9 then gets to live with his handler as a pet.
The Littleton Police K9 program is supported by the Friends of Littleton K9, comprised of Littleton Police Citizen Academy Alumni members. For more information, visit Friends of Littleton K9 and the LPD K9 Unit.
Koda & Officer JonesOfficer Jones joined Littleton Police Department in 2002 and began his K9 career as a decoy in 2008. Officer Jones was assigned as a handler in 2013. Officer Jones partner, Koda was selected out of several canines in 2013 and trained in an in-house program. Koda is a Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix, he is approximately 5 years old. He is a dual purpose canine, certified in patrol and narcotics.
Officer Hanstrom & ZanOfficer Hanstrom joined Littleton Police Department in 2015 and was selected as the newest K9 handler in April 2017. Officer Hanstrom attended a 5 week K9 patrol class at Gold Coast K9 where her partner, Zan was selected for her to suit the need of Littleton Police Department. The team completed 200 hours of patrol and narcotic training and were certified as a dual purpose team in September 2017. Zan was brought to Gold Coast K9 from Slovakia. He is a 2 year old German Shepherd.