Renville County Sheriff's Office

105 S. 5th St., Suite 210, Olivia, MN 56277
Emergency: 911
Non-Emergency: 320-523-1161
Jail: 320-523-3600


In March 2013, the Renville County Sheriff's Office acquired its first K-9, Duke.  At the time, Duke, a purebred German Shepherd, was only 14 months old.  Duke comes from a long ancestry of police dogs and his name was the result of a popular vote by elementary students in the schools in Renville County.

Deputy Luke Jacques was selected to be Duke's handler and, following three months of specialized patrol and tracking training for both Duke and Deputy Jacques, in July 2013, the K-9 team began service to Renville County.

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Duke is trained in the following:
Narcotics Detection 
Human Odor Tracking - Lost or Missing 
Human Odor Tracking - Suspect 
Criminal Apprehension 
Handler Protection 
Article/Evidence Search

The Sheriff's Office deploys Duke for a variety of events, such as:Duke

  • Safe School Searches
  • Traffic Stop Narcotic Searches
  • Service of Search Warrants
  • Recovery of Evidence
  • Community Education Demonstrations
  • Narcotic Sweeps of our Jail Facility
  • High-Risk Building Searches
  • Searches for Lost/Missing Persons
  • Searches for Suspects

Deputy Jacques' squad vehicle is specially equipped with a compartment for Duke to ride in.  Deputy Jacques can remotely open Duke's door to release him if need be.  In addition, the vehicle is equipped with safety equipment to prevent Duke from becoming too warm in the summer months. 

Duke is with Deputy Jacques during all shifts and lives with Deputy Jacques and his family when they are not at work.