The Orange County Sheriff's Department and K-9 unit is saddened to announce the loss of two of the Department’s first Reserve Canine’s, “Roan” and “Mona”.
Canine Roan was born in Holland in July of 2000 and joined the department in 2002 and was assigned to Reserve Lieutenant Scott Klappenback. Canine Mona was born in the Czech Republic and also joined the department with Reserve Sergeant Jim Wharrie in 2002.
Jim and Scott were the first two Level-1 reserves to join the Sheriff’s Patrol Division with their canine partners. They started what has been a very successful 11-year relationship with the Department and the Communities they serve. Canines Roan and Mona were trained in narcotics detection and both had long and successful careers. Both canine teams helped bridge the gap with many in patrol who were leery of the new reserve’s deputies and their dogs. They proved what an asset a highly trained and qualified team can provide in the area of narcotics detection.
Scott and Roan were one of the first to work “Highway Interdiction” for the department. During his tenure with the interdiction program, Roan was responsible for locating hundreds of pounds of narcotics and nearly a million dollars of cash seizures.
Canine Mona worked with Jim Wharrie primarily in a patrol function in the City of Lake Forest. Mona assisted with hundreds of searches in both vehicles and structures for deputies in South County.
Both of these Reserves Deputies generously donate their time and tireless energy to the Sheriff’s Department and they are to be commended for their dedication. Canines Mona and Roan will be sorely missed by their canine buddies and the countless Deputies/Officers they assisted over the years!