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PO Box 609
118 W. Maple St
Centralia, WA 98531
Phone: 360-330-7680
Fax: 360-807-6210
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  Meet Our K-9 Teams

The Centralia Police Department K-9 Unit was created by order of Chief Ken Payne in 1979. Since that time, a total of twelve certified police canines have served the community as general service and narcotic police dogs.

Centralia Police K-9 Teams:

Officer Brad Reynolds & K-9 Joker
Officer Bob Willey & K-9 Joker 
Officer Bob Willey & K-9 Cody
Officer Bob Willey & K-9 Kody
Officer Don Tardiff & K-9 Gunner
Officer Steve Dawes & Narcotics K-9 Duke
Officer Tracy Murphy & K-9 Bak 
Sergeant Brian Warren & K-9 Kayo
Officer Ruben Ramirez & K-9 Lobo
Officer Ruben Ramirez & K-9 Pax

Officer Ruben Ramirez & Narcotics K-9 Vida
Officer Stephen Summers & K-9 Samson

A general service canine is trained in tracking human scent; searching buildings for intruders; searching open fields and areas for evidence; officer protection, vehicle protection and crowd control. In addition, a police dog trained in narcotics detection is capable of searching vehicles, houses and commercial businesses for drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Centralia K-9’s have traditionally been German Shepherd dogs as they are strong, easily trained and very loyal. Currently there are a Belgian Malinois, German Shepard and a Vizsla in service to our agency. Each officer/dog team completes a three-month training program followed by certification tests conducted by the Washington State Police Canine Association. The dogs, owned by the City of Centralia, are housed with the K-9 handlers and their families. At the end of the animal’s productive service life, each dog is retired and ownership is transferred to the handler.

Our K-9 units are regularly called upon to assist other law enforcement agencies in our area. The police department takes great pride in providing the very best K-9 team available to the citizens of our area.



                                          Officer Ruben Ramirez and K-9 Lobo:

Officer Ramirez began his law enforcement career as a Centralia Police Reserve Officer.  After several years and countless hours of volunteer time, he was hired as a full-time officer in 2001.  After K-9 Bak's retirement, the department began the process of selecting a handler and searching for a suitable dog to serve as the agency's second K-9 team. In 2010 Officer Ramirez and K-9 Lobo, which means “Wolf” in Spanish, became partners and began their intensive training process. 

In addition to his K-9 handler duties, Officer Ramirez is also a SWAT team member, a Defensive Tactics Instructor, a Spanish translator, and patrol bike instructor.  Lobo lives at home with Officer Ramirez and his family. 


Lobo visits City Counsel
May 2015: Officer Ramirez receives the Medal of Valor and
Lobo receives the Life Saving Medal from the City Council.

The police dogs are purchased exclusively through tax deductible donations from the citizens throughout the area. Equipment, food and even ballistic vests for the dogs are donated by citizens and local businesses. Should you wish to schedule a K-9 demonstration for your group or business or if you wish to make a tax-deductible donation to the K-9 unit, please contact the Centralia Police Department at 330-7680.

Click here if you would like to donate to the Centralia K-9 fund.


K-9 demo

Lobo demo




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