The Sheriff’s Office K9 provides valuable assistance to other agencies in the area. K9s have a very keen sense of smell. The department currently utilizes a Blood Hound for tracking and locating suspects or people who may be lost.
The CAT team is a Specialized Weapons and Tactics Unit comprised of members from the Sheriff’s Office and the Higginsville and Concordia Police Departments. The team is led by Sheriff Kerrick Alumbaugh. The team serves high risk warrants, resolves hostage situations and participates in high risk man hunts. To maintain proficient skills in weapons and tactics, the team trains frequently and for long hours.
The Crime Scene Unit is a team of trained crime scene technicians that are also members of the Sheriff’s Office and the Higginsville Police Department. Members receive their training from the Kansas City Police Department Crime Scene Unit. The Unit is activated for major crime such as Homicide, Rape, major Methamphetamine labs, and serious property crimes such as burglary.
Crimes of a serious nature, or that require in-depth investigation, are handled by Detectives. The department has 3 full-time Detectives that work for the office. The detectives have received advanced and specialized training in areas such as interview & interrogation, homicide investigation, child abuse, fraud investigation and “white collar” crimes. Many of these crimes require intense investigation and record gathering.