K9 Unit | Lieutenant Tom Rizzo #237

Email: trizzo@howellpolice.org​​​​​​​


The department’s K9 Unit provides an invaluable service to the community, tracking missing persons, narcotics detection, apprehending suspects and locating evidence.


The K9 Unit allows patrol officers to work in a safer and more efficient manner and perform functions that human officers are simply unable to do.

For example, officers searching a building—without the benefit of a K9 team—will take much longer to perform the search (and will be exposed to greater risk). ​​​​​​​


The K9 Unit is comprised of two teams: Ptl Nick Bondarew #610 and K9 Partner Vito and Ptl Jesse Moore #617 and K9 Partner Opus.

Ptl. Jesse Moore #617 and K9 Opus