JPD Thomas Raab and K9 Officer Homer

Jackson Police Department Officer Thomas Raab works closely with Homer, the department’s newest K9 member.

Officer Thomas Raab moved to Jackson two years ago to take a job with the Jackson Police Department. He is the handler for the department’s latest K9 member, a 2-year-old Labrador retriever named Homer. The supervisor of Jackson’s K9 team is Officer Phillip Smith. Jackson Hole’s K9 auxiliary purchased the dog and paid for the training for the team. Homer is super-friendly dog and was excited when I asked for an interview.

Q: Where were you born?

A: Wisconsin.

Q: Where did you receive your training?

A: Custom Canine Unlimited in Gainesville, Georgia.

Q: What makes you so special?

A: I am very good at sniffing out and finding controlled substances. I am a quick learner.

Q: At what age do you expect to retire?

A: Seven years old.

Q: What is your biggest complaint regarding your human?

A: He doesn’t play with me enough. I wish I could play all day, every day.

Q: What is a day of work like for you?

A: We start the day with obedience training to get me in the mood to work. After that I ride in the back of Officer Raab’s patrol car and we respond to calls for service and look for criminals. If the shift is slow, we do drug detection training in our free time. I like to sleep in the back of the car when nothing else is going on and we’re just driving around. If my handler has extra free time we love playing fetch.

Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment while on the job?

A: I haven’t been working very long, but finding drugs on traffic stops has been the most rewarding.

Q: Where do you sleep?

A: At home, I sleep in my kennel.

Q: Do you have any bad habits?

A: None. I am a perfect angel. My handler doesn’t like it when I whine when I get bored.

Q: What is the naughtiest thing you ever did?

A: I chewed up my handler’s hat.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that others might not know.

A: I am very mild mannered. I love kids and especially love snuggling with my handler’s 1-year-old daughter.

Q: Describe yourself using one word.

A: Friendly.

Thank you, Officer Raab and Homer, for helping to keep our town safe!

Connie Owen would love to hear your stories. Call or email her at 734-9512 or

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