Stow's K-9 Unit was established in 1994 as a means to augment traditional police services to the community. It rapidly evolved into a highly trained and professional unit. The K-9 Unit's primary duties are to track and apprehend criminal offenders as well as missing persons, to detect the presence of narcotics, and to provide public demonstrations to increase public awareness and understanding of the nature and function of the unit.
The City of Stow Police Department has one certified K9 Officer.
K9 Diesel was born on December 12, 2016, in Wapakoneta, Ohio at Von Der Haus Gill German Shepherds. Officer Myers and K9 Diesel attended a six-week Police K9 Academy at Von Der Haus Gill in March of 2018. The two have been certified dual-purpose teams for the City of Stow since May of 2018. They are certified in narcotics detection (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and all their derivatives) tracking, criminal apprehensions, building searches, area searches, and article searches. Officer Myers has been with the Stow Police Department since August of 2014.