Sheriff's Office

PR #:
Date Issued:
May 16, 2023 - 8:25AM

For Immediate Release

Annual WCSO Barks and Badges K9 Event to be held June 3rd

For media inquiries contact:
Bryan Samudio
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Office: 775-785-6234
Cell: 775-484-9820

Come on out and Meet the Washoe County Sheriff's K9 Unit June 3rd!

The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit invites you to join them for the annual Barks and Badges community event hosted by Washoe County K9 Partners on Saturday, June 3, 2023, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park in Reno.

K9 demonstrations will be held every hour, including demonstrations with the Sheriff’s Mounted Horse Unit, SWAT, and more! In addition to the K9 demonstrations, there will be plenty of vendors, family activities, food trucks, and displays from the Sheriff’s Office including the RAVEN helicopter, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Motors Unit, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue, and some of our partnering agencies such as REMSA and Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue.

When: 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. on Saturday, June 3, 2023

Where: Bartley Ranch Regional Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Rd, Reno

Who: This FREE family event is open to all ages **Please do not bring dogs/pets **

Barks and Badges supports Washoe County K9 Partners, a local non-profit which provides invaluable support to the Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit.

For example:

· K9 Partners funded nearly every K9 currently on the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, along with the training and equipment necessary to put them to work

· K9 Partners has donated specialized protective vests for the K9s which help to keep them safe and are used as harnesses so the dogs may be deployed by the RAVEN helicopter

· K9 Partners donated temperature sensors for the patrol vehicles, so deputies are able to continually monitor the safety of the K9s

Barks and Badges supports Washoe County K9 Partners, a local non-profit who provides invaluable support to the Sheriff's Office K9s. Support from K9 Partners is support coming from the community. That's why the Sheriff's Office considers Barks and Badges to be such a wonderful opportunity for families to meet the dogs and the Deputies assigned to the K9 unit and see live demonstrations that show the dogs in action.

Everyone is invited to this unique opportunity to learn more about the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, while supporting the Unit through Washoe County K9 Partners.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office is dedicated to preserving a safe and secure community with professionalism, respect, integrity and the highest commitment to equality. Sheriff Darin Balaam is the 27th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County since the Office was created in 1861. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office strives to ensure public safety by building trust and creating partnerships within the diverse communities in which we serve. We will promote the dignity of all people supported by our words and actions through open communication while fostering an environment of professionalism, integrity and mutual respect.


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