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K-9 Unit

The Mesquite Police Department K-9 Unit deals in narcotics detection, search and apprehension of offenders. Properly trained and handled Police K-9 dogs, give Law Enforcement officers one of the finest tools in the prevention and detection of crimes.


K-9 Officer Averett and K-9 Noro

Officer Averrett came to the Mesquite Police Department from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked as a Traffic and K-9 Officer, Field Training Officer, Drug Recognition Expert, and Taser Instructor.

K-9 Noro is trained to locate the odors of Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroine, and Methamphetamine. Noro is very social, and enjoys being around people, including children. Noro is a two year old male, Belgian Malinois and was born in Norway where he received his initial training. Noro and Averrett recently completed five weeks of training at Adlerhorst International in California. Since 1976 Adlerhorst has provided quality Police Service Dogs to over 500 law enforcement agencies in the United States and several foreign countries.

The Mesquite Police Department obtained the funding for Noro from Nevada State Friends for K-9 which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting Nevada law enforcement in launching a police K-9 program for use in curbing the flow of drugs, particularly methamphetamine, into and through the state. This public-private partnership seeks funds to purchase and deploy 25 specially trained police dogs across the state for use by the Nevada Department of Public Safety in its campaign to reduce drug traffic and use in Nevada. You can obtain more information about Nevada Sate Friends for K-9 by clicking on the green link.