The Kaysville Police Department K-9 program was started in 1996 by Officer Robert Nace, a U.S. Army veteran who served as a military dog handler. Kaysville's first K-9 was Nanto, who was P.O.S.T. certified as a patrol and narcotic dog. He also later became a police dog instructor at the Utah Police Academy.
Our department's police dogs have done an exceptional job for Kaysville City and Davis County. The K-9 program is an important part of the police department and it continues to serve the community well. All of the dogs in Kaysville's police K-9 program have been certified through Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) as patrol and narcotic dogs.
During Patrol Dog training either or both of the two most common K-9 “capture” philosophies, FIND/BITE and FIND/BARK, may be taught (at the Handler’s option) to the same dog. K-9 skills taught include: tracking/trailing of suspects/victims, criminal evidence recovery with a passive indication that does not contaminate the evidentiary value, obedience/agility, and criminal apprehension. Dogs are also taught to discriminate between a fleeing or hostile suspect and a surrendering or innocent person. (Utah P.O.S.T. In-Service Training - K-9 Program)
The Drug Dog training protocol channels the K-9’s natural drives, such that the K-9 perceives it is hunting simulated prey odors. K-9s are also trained to bypass non-drug odors. This process creates highly-motivated dogs that exercise sensitivity and discrimination of drug odors. (Utah P.O.S.T. In-Service Training - K-9 Program)
Nanto served with handler Officer Nace from 1996 to 2000.
Rex I served with handler Officer Nace from 2000-2006.
Chaos served with handler Officer Paul Thompson from 2007-2011.
Rex is currently serving with handler Officer Thurgood.