Meet the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit this Saturday

Reno, NV…The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit invites you to join them for the annual Barks and Badges community event hosted by Washoe County K9 Partners this Saturday at Bartley Ranch Regional Park.

Additional K9 demonstrations will be held every hour, including K9s with the Sheriff’s Mounted Horse Unit, K9s with SWAT, and K9s working alongside SWAT technology. In addition to the K9 demonstrations, there will be plenty of vendors, family activities, food trucks, and displays from the Sheriff’s Office including the RAVEN helicopter, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Motors Unit, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and some of our partnering agencies such as the Nevada Department of Wildlife Bear Dogs, REMSA, and Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue.

Barks and Badges

When:              9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, 2021
Where:            Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno

Barks and Badges supports Washoe County K9 Partners, a local non-profit which provides invaluable support to the Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.

For example:

  • K9 Partners funded a drone that will be demonstrated as part of the event
  • K9 Partners funded every K9 currently on the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, along with the training and equipment necessary to put them to work
  • K9 Partners has donated specialized protective vests for the K9s which help to keep them safe and are used as harnesses so the dogs may be deployed by the RAVEN helicopter
  • K9 Partners donated temperature sensors for the patrol vehicles so deputies are able to continually monitor the safety of the K9s

Support from K9 Partners is actually support coming from the community. Which is why the Sheriff’s Office considers Barks and Badges to be such a wonderful opportunity for families to meet the dogs and the deputies assigned to the K9 Unit and to see live demonstrations that show the dogs in action.

Everyone is invited to this unique opportunity to learn more about the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, while supporting the Unit through Washoe County K9 Partners. For more information, visit Washoe County K9 Partners online at, or on Facebook.

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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