Sgt. Chad Reyes - Dingo
Hello, my name is Sergeant Chad Reyes. My partner is Dingo, a Belgian Malinois. Let me start by echoing Lt. Randy Thomas’ “thanks” for visiting this site. I speak for the entire K9 Unit in congratulating him on his promotion and for creating a remarkable legacy for our Unit. I am extremely honored to have been selected as Lt. Thomas’ successor and am very excited about joining such an outstanding team.
I began my Law Enforcement career in 1998 as a Corrections Officer for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. I transferred to the Patrol Division in 2000. In 2004, I became a Major Crimes Detective in the Robbery/Homicide Unit and investigated high profile cases such as robberies, kidnappings, adult sex offenses, officer involved shootings and homicides. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and returned to Patrol for a brief period.
Then the stars lined up for me. The opportunity to supervise a police K9 unit does not present itself often! In August of 2012, I joined the Unified Police Department’s K9 Unit. It has been great adventure even in this short period.
I have always enjoyed working with dogs. My father introduced me to the world of bird dogs at a young age. I’ve experienced the challenges and rewards associated with training retrievers and watching those dogs perform during hunts and in field trial competitions. Now my dreams are being realized. I’m getting paid to do two of the things that I love; police work and partnering-up with a dog.
Dingo is a black and tan Malinois born in November, 2010. He is one of our Unit’s newest dogs but he continues to impress as he becomes more proficient with each new day. Since becoming my partner in February, 2013, my Team and I have been able to certify him as a dual-purpose (drug detection/patrol) dog. Dingo has already assisted in several criminal apprehensions and drug related arrests. I am confident that he will continue to be an excellent partner. As with my other dogs, Dingo has become an integral and loved member of my family. After getting home at odd, early morning hours, Dingo enjoys waking my wife with a slobbery kiss before he retires at the foot of our bed. My children love playing ball with him and no doubt, the feeling is mutual.
On behalf of the Unified Police Department, the Special Operations Division, and most importantly, the UPD K9 Team, I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to our supporters who have made this program the success that it is. We strive to provide the highest and most professional level of service to each and every community that we serve.