The Steuben County Sheriff Department currently has two K-9 units. Steuben County has had a K-9 program since 1978 when Randy Albright and Dennis Croy became the first two handles with their partners. Other handlers have been Kevin Kane with Rama, Shari Dean and Jake, Steve Bruns and Harley, John Gonya and Brix, Darren Compton and Smokey, Rodney Robinson and Rommel, and Jeff Vanette with Bam.
Our K-9 Units are trained by Allen County Police Department K-9 Academy. It is a fourteen week course, which teaches the handlers and dogs’ obedience, agility, tracking, evidence search, area search, building search and aggression control. They are also trained in narcotics detection which includes marijuana, methamphetamine, ecstasy, cocaine and heroin. Our K-9s are approachable and live at home with the handlers and their families.
Kash is a 5-year old German Shepherd assigned to Deputy Brad Kline. Kash has been with the department for 2 years. Hasko is a 11-year old German Shepherd from Czechoslovakia assigned to Corporal Adam Miller. Hasko has been a police dog for 9 years with the Sheriff’s Department.
In 2011 our handlers responded to 26 tracks, 51 narcotics searches, 26 building searches, and 5 area searches. The K-9 units also conducted 18 demonstrations to the public. In 2012 our K9 handlers are looking forward to a very productive year.
(Pictures courtesy of Eyster Photo)
The K9 team accepts donations, and offers demonstrations to local group and organizations. For more information contact the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department at (260)668-1000 ext 5000.