The Village of Streamwood utilizes a K-9 Unit as an integral part of the Police Department's Support Services Team. The Village first established a K-9 Unit in 1996.
The K-9 Unit is comprised of two officer-handlers and police service dogs. Once a dog is selected for use, the dog and its handler undergo a rigorous training program before being certified for patrol or supportive care work. Off duty, police service dogs live with their handlers, becoming an integral part of those families.
The Village's current K-9 Patrol Unit is comprised of K-9 Scout (right) and his handler Officer Collin Klein. Scout is trained as a General Patrol Service Dog. This includes narcotics detection, tracking, article searches, area searches, building searches and handler protection. Scout completed his certifications and training and was sworn into service in November, 2018.
Hope (left) is our K-9 Comfort Dog. Her officer-handler is Detective Mary Kosartes. Hope is trained as a Comfort Dog to provide emotional support to individuals following traumatic events. Hope completed her certifications and training, and was sworn into service in December, 2021.
Scout is the fourth Patrol K-9, and Hope our first Comfort K-9, members of the Department. The first K-9 Unit was Bismarck, handled by Officer Steve Lind, who served the Department from 1996-2002. Our second K-9 Unit was Zarak, who served from 2002-2010, handled by Sergeant Alex VanDerLinden. Our third K-9 was Ice, also handled by Sergeant VanDerLinden and served the Department from 2012 - 2018.