K-9 Unit

Officer Romstadt & K-9 Vito

Officer Romstadt and Vito

Officer Romstadt is a 9-year law enforcement veteran, working 6 years with the West Lafayette Police Department.  Officer Romstadt is currently a Field Training Officer, a member of the West Lafayette Narcotics Unit, a R.A.D. Instructor, a radKIDS Instructor, an active shooter instructor, and a School Resource Officer.  Officer Romstadt is a second time K-9 handler.  Officer Romstadt handled K-9 Barry from March 2017 to November 2019.

K-9 Vito is a 16-month old Belgian Malinois and was born in the Netherlands.  In 2020, Vito was purchased by the world renowned Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana.  Vito is certified in narcotic detection, tracking, and handler/civilian protection.

Officer Romstadt and Vito completed the vigorous 6 week basic-handler course at Vohne Liche Kennels alongside police officers from all over the world, members of the U.S. Military, National Security Agency, Secret Service and private citizens.

Officer Dunscomb & K-9 Bak

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Officer Dunscomb is a 28 year veteran of the West Lafayette Police Department.  Where he is currently assigned to the Tippecanoe County Drug Task Force as a Highway Drug Interdiction   K-9 Officer.  Officer Dunscomb previously handled two dual purpose canines.  Officer Dunscomb has served as the SRT Commander, an SRT operator, a Field Training Officer, a Drug Recognition Expert, and has been recognized in state courts as an expert witness in the field of drug investigations.  Officer Dunscomb served several years as an undercover officer with the Drug Task Force.  Prior to K-9, Officer Dunscomb served as a Patrol Sergeant and as a Lieutenant and Commander of the Detective Division.  

K-9 Bak is a two year old male Hungarian Vizsla.  Bak was born in the country of Hungary prior to being purchased and trained  by Vohne Liche Kennels.  Officer Dunscomb and Bak completed the vigorous basic handlers course at Vohne Liche Kennels.  Vohne Liche is world renowned and trains K-9 teams from all over the world including the NSA, Secret Service, US Military Special Forces, and Pentagon Police, just to name a few. 

Bak is certified in narcotics detection and tracking of suspects and missing persons.

Officer Crawford & K-9 Zen

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Officer Crawford is a 4 year veteran of the West Lafayette Police Department. He is currently a member of the West Lafayette Police Special Response Team, Narcotics Unit and is a Field Training Officer. 

K-9 Zen is a Belgian Malinois that was born in April of 2016 in the European country of Hungary.  K-9 Zen was trained in the areas of obedience, apprehension, and tracking until the fall of 2018 when he was brought to the world renowned Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana.  Upon K-9 Zen’s arrival at Vohne Liche Kennels he was trained in narcotic detection.

Officer Crawford and K-9 Zen completed an intensive 6 week handler course at Vohne Liche Kennels where they were certified in narcotic detection, apprehension and tracking.  Vohne Liche Kennels trains K-9s and handlers from Police Departments around the world as well as members of the NSA, Secret Service, United States Military and Special Operations Teams.

All officers and their K-9 partners are members of the Tippecanoe Metro K-9 Team.

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  • K9 Rico's Passing
    The West Lafayette Police Department regrets to announce the passing of K9 Rico, on July 25, 2017, after unexpectedly having to be euthanized, due to a medical condition.
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West Lafayette, IN 47906

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