K-9 Unit

Sgt. David Bolton, K-9 Handler, Supervisor

Deputy David Cole, K-9 Handler

Unit Funding

 Bolt and Ronin
The K-9 unit is funded solely through donations from private individuals and businesses. Donations are used to maintain the unit and provide care for Ronin and Edik. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office welcomes citizens and businesses to participate in sustaining this worthwhile program.

Donations may be sent to:
Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office
K-9 Unit
50 N. Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602

To show your support, purchase the official apparel by contacting Sgt. Bolton at 717-390-7776.
 Thank you for your support!

About the Unit

The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was formed in February 1998 with Deputy Marc Lancaster appointed as the first handler, and his partner, a black lab named Kayla. Kayla retired in April 2005. The Sheriff’s Office second handler was Deputy David Bolton, and his partner, a Belgian Malinois named Cobra. Cobra retired in April 2010.

Our Current Program


The K-9 Unit currently consists of two K-9 teams, Sgt. David Bolton and his partner Ronin and Deputy David Cole and K-9 Edik. Sgt. Bolton was selected to be the handler in September 2004. Bolton handled Cobra for six years, and now handles Ronin. Bolton and Ronin went through an intensive six week police K-9 academy at North East Police K-9 Academy, located in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania.

Deputy Cole was selected in July 2015 with K-9 Edik. They attended K-9 training at Castle's K9. Deputy Cole now trains with North East Police K-9 Academy, located in Wilkes-Barrie, Pennsylvania.
Ronin and Edik are shepherd / malinois mix from the Czech Republic. Ronin and Edik are trained in a variety of important skills.

K-9 Benefits

One of Ronin and Edik's skills is explosive detection. Both dogs can detect a variety of different odors, including the odors of bomb ingredients.

Some other K-9 skills include:
  • Tracking: K-9's tracks by either ground disturbance or by scent of the person being tracked. Also, during a track, if they locate an article, they will alert by lying down without touching it.
  • Building searches: Ronin or Edik can locate criminals who are hiding in buildings.
  • Deputy protection: Ronin and Edik will protect their handler and other deputies when they are in danger.
  • Demonstrations: Both K-9 teams also conduct demonstrations of their K-9 skills, and explain the K-9 unit skills and functions. They provide demonstrations to schools, clubs, and places of business.
Both teams train everyday. Ronin and Edik as well as their handler also train 16 hours a month with trainer Paul Price of North East Police K-9 Academy. Both teams are also certified each year through United Police and Correction K-9 Association.

Retired K-9 Units

Kayla retired in 2005.
Cobra retired in 2010.