K-9 Joe joined the Kent County Sheriff Department in March, 2006, and was assigned to the Kent Area Narcotics Enforcement Team. He was certified as a Narcotics Detection K-9 with the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) and the National Association of Professional Canine Handlers (NAPCH).
During his career K-9 Joe has won four trophies in narcotics detection competition, and a national Criminalistic Excellence Award for detector dog case of the quarter. K-9 Joe currently holds a West Michigan record for the largest recorded heroin seizure (1.5 kilograms), and a State of Michigan record for the largest recorded marijuana seizure (12,000 pounds). He has also brought it over $280,000 in forfeiture during his career.
At nine years of age, K-9 Joe transitioned from a single purpose Narcotics Detection K-9 to a dual purpose Patrol K-9. Shortly after certifying in tracking, K-9 Joe tracked a bank robber to his house resulting in an apprehension by detectives with a full confession.
K-9 Joe went to the Road Patrol in January, 2014 where he finished his outstanding career.