The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety’s K-9 program began in the year 2000. At inception, the program was partially funded through community donations and to date, all Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9’s have been purchased completely with private donations
This team was started with K-9 Daum, a German shepherd. Daum worked with Sergeant Jeff Gaunt and helped to establish the high standards we enjoy today. Daum served the citizens of Grants Pass until his untimely death on November 27, 2004.
The second K-9 was Barry, a Belgian Malinois, who served from 2001 until his retirement in 2008. After retirement, Barry was sold to his handler, Lieutenant Todd Moran. In 2012, Barry passed away after enjoying a wonderful and fulfilling life.
The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety currently has three K-9 teams. Sergeant Jeff Gaunt, a state certified K-9 Master Trainer and Brock a Dutch Malinois and former K-9 of the Navy Seal team, have been working as a team since 2012.
Corporal Jesse Wallace and Rocco, a Belgian Malinois, have been working as a team since July of 2014. Rocco came to GPDPS from Germany.
Officer George Gasperson and Match, a German Shorthaired Pointer, have recently completed training and are now working as drug detection team. Match came to GPDPS in 2017.
The police K-9 teams enjoy working the night shifts; dedicated to the citizens of Grants Pass as they offer a sense of extra protection, confront danger in the cover of darkness and are faithful to their handlers. The Grants Pass Department of Public Safety K-9 teams generally work during the night-time hours. This allows the greatest effectiveness since most building searches, alarms, burglaries, etc. occur during this shift. The K-9 teams average 3 to 4 deployments each shift and are responsible for hundreds of captures.
The K-9 teams train weekly and they are certified through the Oregon Police Canine Association. The K-9 teams also attend numerous civilian functions each year. These include school visits, local civic groups, and public education programs.
During their time off, the K-9 enjoy resting at their home, playing, and preparing for their next shift. If you have any questions about the K-9 team, please contact Sgt. Jeff Gaunt at 541-450-6260.