Currently, the Noble County Sheriff’s Department has one K-9s, “Lasco” in service. His handler is Deputy Doug Ewell.
The K-9s are trained in drug detection, tracking, apprehension, building searches and officer protection. In addition, their capabilities are utilized in tracking lost or missing children and adults with physical or mental impairments.
Both the handlers and K-9s complete an intense 14-week training course prior to being certified for police service. Standards emphasize obedience first, then agility, article/evidence search, criminal apprehension and handler protection.
How can we help the community?
K-9 units can be used for demonstrations and educational purposes at our local schools.
In addition, the K-9s can be used for drug detection purposes in the common areas of the school grounds. Besides “sniffing” for drugs and/or paraphernalia, the unscheduled presence of K-9s within a school setting is an excellent deterrent against bringing illegal drugs onto school grounds.
Business owners, who desire to maintain a drug-free work environment, may request the assistance of law enforcement.
K-9s are available to conduct limited area searches inside a facility or to detect vehicles that may have been used to transport drugs onto business property without disrupting operations.