K-9 joins sheriff’s force | Crime
A new K-9 officially joined the Rock County Sheriff’s force last week.
The Rock County Sheriff’s Office said Sasha was added to the department Aug. 8. She joins her handler Deputy Nathan DeBoer in the patrol bureau. Sasha, a 17-month-old female German shepherd and part Malinois, comes from Slovakia, while DeBoer is a three-year veteran of the sheriff’s office.
Sasha and DeBoer received extensive training and certification from Tarheel Canine Training in Sanford, N.C.
The four-week course molded the two as a team, along with certification in tracking, drug detection and handler protection.
The sheriff’s office said drug seizure money was used to purchase, train, and equip the duo for their new assignment on second shift patrol.
In 2010, the sheriff’s office returned to the use of a K-9 team by assigning Dex, at the time a 2-year-old German shepherd, to Deputy Shawn Nolan.
The sheriff’s office said the two K-9 teams will work on patrol and with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program.