K-9 Unit 

The La Crosse Police Department K-9 Unit is currently made up of three K-9 teams which include the handler and the canine.

K-9 Zaback

K-9 Luc

K-9 Bill

K-9 Zeus



K-9 Ralph

Retired 8/1/16

K-9 Brutus

Retired 3/15/17

K-9 Grumman

Retired 7/5/17

Having a K-9 unit is a great tool for the La Crosse Police Department. Police K-9s are instrumental to law enforcement because they can:

  • Track missing persons or criminals;
  • Access physical spaces where it would be impossible or too dangerous for a human to maneuver;
  • Increase the efficiency and effectiveness when utilized to complete detection duties in large or difficult searches;
  • Provide the handler and other law enforcement with an added measure of protection;
  • Deter criminals from committing crime in areas where a police canine is deployed, or at times of the day when the canine is working;
  • Act as a tremendous public relations tool; and
  • Provide demonstrations at grade schools, businesses, or community events.

For more information on K-9s, visit the following:


Contact Information

Sergeant Steve Pataska
K-9 Unit Supervisor