Officer Tisha Smith attended the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Academy and was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff in 2000. During her service with the Sheriff’s Department, she worked at the Sacramento Superior Courthouse, the Sacramento County Jail and in Patrol Services protecting the citizens of Rancho Cordova and in the East Division.
Officer Smith began serving the citizens of Elk Grove in patrol while still employed with the Sheriff’s Department when Elk Grove was a contract city. Officer Smith was one of the founding members of the Elk Grove Police Department getting hired in May of 2006. For the first six years after being hired by Elk Grove, she was a Field Training Officer, and a team member of several teams: Hostage Negotiations Team (HNT), Honor Guard, and Peer Support.
Officer Smith has been training as a decoy and training assistant since the inception of the Canine Unit, eagerly awaiting an opening on the team. In September 2012, Officer Smith tested and was selected as the new Handler for the Canine Unit.
On September 28, 2012, Officer Smith helped select her new partner, K9 Kye. Kye is a female Belgian Malinois and German Shepherd mix born on December 24, 2008. Kye is the first patrol trained female canine in the history of the Elk Grove Police Department Canine Unit. Kye was trained in the Netherlands prior to being sold to a canine vendor in Southern California, Adlerhorst International Inc. Shortly before coming to the United States, Kye completed her PH1 (Police Dog 1) Certification with her Dutch handler with an impressive score of 430 out of 440.
After selecting Kye, Officer Smith and her new K9 partner began their bonding process and P.O.S.T. certified in November of 2012. They completed their basic handler’s course in Elk Grove in January 2013, with the guidance of department trainers Officer Gregg Tawney and Officer Brian Schopf. Besides her patrol duties, Kye assists with article searches, and tracking. Kye is also a firearms detection K9 helping to keep guns out of criminals hands. On her off time, Kye enjoys playing with her Orbee ball, swimming, and spending time with Officer Smith’s family.