Sheriff’s office getting K-9 unit


The Clark County Sheriff’s Office plans to hire a new employee soon — the four-legged kind.

The sheriff’s office will purchase a new K-9 officer for the department. The dog will be trained to sniff out drugs, track humans and neutralize suspects, Sheriff Gene Kelly said.

He hopes to have the dog and deputy trained and on the streets by late this summer.

The sheriff has contracted Vohne Liche Kennels of Denver, Ind., to supply the dog and training. Given the animal’s multiple specialties, it will cost about $10,000. Some of that, Kelly said, will be paid for using money seized from drug dealers by the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office.

The hope is to get a Belgian Malinois, the same breed of Springfield police’s recently deceased dog, Rambo. However, the kennel also breeds and trains German shepherds, Dutch shepherds and Labradors.

“We’re hoping to recoup that (cost) through quality arrests and seizures,” Kelly said.

It’s been three years since the department has included a police dog. Already, eight deputies have applied to be the handler. Both the dog and deputy will be selected and trained together.

The dog will provide invaluable skills to the department by detecting drugs not easily found, Kelly said, and detaining suspects without risking deputies’ lives.

“This will be a team, this will be a two-person unit basically, and they’ll be responding to some of the most serious calls,” he said. “The K-9 is not carrying a weapon but the K-9 itself is a weapon.”

A cruiser is being outfitted and equipped for a dog passenger at the sheriff’s office garage.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Passenger high on 'loveboat' shoots, kills driver on interstate, police say
Passenger high on 'loveboat' shoots, kills driver on interstate, police say

Jacksonville, Florida, officers say a man was high on "loveboat" when he shot and killed a driver on I-95. Police said 32-year-old Tyrell Brown was sleeping in the passenger seat of 25-year-old Steven Shawn Grady's car as they drove through Jacksonville on Sunday. The group was traveling from Orlando to North Carolina. At one point,...
Passing showers possible this evening, colder for Thanksgiving
Passing showers possible this evening, colder for Thanksgiving

Windy and milder today Few passing rain/snow showers in evening Colder for Thanksgiving Today: It will start off quiet and chilly, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Clouds will increase through the day. It will become windy with gusts up to 30 mph. Highs will climb to about 50. There’s a chance for passing showers from about...
Son likely killed parents, then himself in double murder-suicide, police say
Son likely killed parents, then himself in double murder-suicide, police say

A dentist in Washington state didn't show up for an appointment Saturday, so just after 7 p.m., a family member called the King County sheriff. What they found has devastated a family and touched people in Sammamish and Seattle, where he and his wife worked. Dr. Rick Nicolini, his wife and adult son were all found dead inside their home in Sammamish's...
Facebook Live video shows men with guns making threats in Tennessee mall
Facebook Live video shows men with guns making threats in Tennessee mall

Police are investigating a Facebook Live video that shows at least two men with guns inside a mall in Memphis, Tennessee. The 39-minute video was broadcast live Saturday at the Oak Court Mall in East Memphis. The video shows a man and several friends walking inside the mall. Several minutes into the video, he pulls out a gun. A few moments later...
WATCH: LaVar Ball fires back at Trump in heated CNN interview
WATCH: LaVar Ball fires back at Trump in heated CNN interview

In a heated 20-minute interview, LaVar Ball told CNN host Chris Cuomo that he wouldn’t thank President Donald Trump for helping to bring back his son from China, ultimately coercing Cuomo into thanking him for appearing on CNN instead. Minutes before thanking Chinese President Xi for his role in freeing his son, Ball said he “doesn&rsquo...
More Stories