City of Portage, Indiana

We are a community of hard working people with a commitment to keeping our city safe, clean, and prosperous.


K9 Units


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Officer Wendell Hite and K-9 partner Si 
Vehicle #153

Born in 2011 in the Netherlands, Si is a Dutch Shepard and responds to commands in German.  He specializes in both narcotic detection and tracking (criminal suspects and missing persons).  Si is a charismatic officer, which draws others to him.  However, his presence is intimidating for any criminal. Si joined the Portage Police Department in October 2013. Since that time he and office Hite have been inseparable. He loves being a part of the police department, and any attention he can get! Officer Hite and K-9 partner Si look forward to continuing to protect the great City of Portage. 

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Officer Kyle Lerch and K9 Bomber

Officer Kyle Lerch and Bomber were appointed as a canine team with the Portage Police Department in the spring of 2012. Bomber is a German Shepherd and was born in Poland on March 24th, 2011. Bomber is trained and certified as patrol utility police canine, which encompasses narcotic detection, tracking (suspects or missing subjects), criminal apprehension, and article/evidence search. Since becoming a canine team, Officer Lerch and Bomber have initiated and assisted other officers in several arrests and narcotic seizures. Officer Lerch and Bomber look forward to continuing to serve the City of Portage.


Officer Daniel Martinez and K9 Diablo
Vehicle #156

We are the newest addition to the  Portage K9 unit hitting the streets in October 2015.  Diablo is a 2yr. old Belgian Malanois from the Netherlands.  He is a dual purpose narcotics/patrol dog and we received extensive training from Von Liche Kennels in Peru, IN. 

Diablo loves tennis balls and his favorite movie is "Talladega Nights".  We both look forward to a long career as partners fighting crime.

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Anthony Dandurand and K9 Nakir

Nakir started with the Portage Police Department in April of 2014. He is a full blooded male German Sheppard who came to us from Poland. He is trained in the detection of drugs, building searches, tracking, and handler protection. He responds to German commands and his favorite toy is a tennis ball!!!

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