Officer Jeff Felt

K9 Unit

Police Officer Jeff Felt has been an officer with the Madison Police Department since 1998. Other positions that he has held through his career include the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, the Special Events Team, and Field Training Officer, in addition to his regular patrol assignments.

PO Felt expresses that he has always loved dogs and had dogs in the household. The love of dogs combined with policing and the types of calls the K9s are utilized on was a natural fit. He joined the Canine Unit in 2006. In July of 2006, he went to Northern Michigan K9 for 8 weeks and was partnered with K9 Gildon, a male German Shepard.

Gildon is sponsored by Veridian Homes (formed by the merger of Midland Homes and Don Simon Homes). The founder's of these companies' are named Gil and Don. They had a contest at work to decide the name of the sponsored police canine and "Gildon" won.

According to Officer Felt, his favorite part of being a K9 handler is the camaraderie and bond that he shares with Gildon. "We spend so much time together, there are many times where I believe I can tell exactly what he's thinking and I know he knows what I'm thinking".

One other note about Gildon: "He's a clown. He's intense when he needs to be, but a character. There isn't a shift that goes by that he doesn't make me smile".