"FILLMORE" Philip Morris Canine Unit
Cook County Partners with Philip Morris’s Canine Unit
to Combat Illicit Cigarette Trafficking
K9 Rex and I are
on the Worldwide Canine Wall of Fame for some narcotics finds,
but I wanted to share some of his other talents.
Rex is a very important part of the
Houma Police Department's effort in educating the youth of our
parish and city about the effect that narcotics have on young
people. Rex and I have visited just about every school within
our jurisdiction, elementary schools, middle schools, and High
schools. Rex's temperament and attitude is perfect for these
school talks and demos that we do.
Rex and I visited a local middle
school and met a special young man named Colby, who is confined
to a wheel chair, Colby tells me he remembered us from his
previous school from the previous school year and remembered
Rex's command to sit, he asked if he could tell him to sit, he
belted out the command "Sitz" and to my surprise Rex sat right
next to him.
But when it's
time to work he's a BEAST!
I would like to thank Worldwide Canine
for providing us with an awesome K9 who has become a very
important part of our department.
"OZZY" Terrebonne Parish
1 1/4 pounds of marijuana, street value- $2200
14 grams of meth, street value- $2800
$1020 in U.S. Currency
Total in seizures- $ 6020, NOT A BAD FIRST WEEK.
Thanks for a wonderful Partner !
Sgt. Jeff Lirette
Terrebonne Parish Narcotics Task Force
Nacogdoches County Pct 4
The Daily Sentinel
Deputy Rusty Allen and his 3-year-old
black Lab named Miko work on a training exercise to keep up
their skill in finding drugs, as well as bond with each
other, Thursday afternoon at the Nacogdoches County
sheriff's office. Miko can sniff out marijuana, cocaine,
methamphetamine and heroin.
gets a four-legged tool in the battle against illegal drugs
friend is also a drug dealer's worst enemy.
Nacogdoches County Precinct 4 constable's office has new additions
to its team — Deputy Rusty Allen and his canine counterpart, a
3-year-old black Lab named Miko.
Allen and Miko
joined Constable Jason Bridges' office a few months ago, and they
have already made their presence known assisting in a recent
received a tip that drugs were headed to a residence in a FedEx
package, which was identified with the help of Miko, the drug dog.
were taped up, placed in assorted electrical components and put
into the package," Bridges said. "The box was then wrapped in
numerous layers of tape in an attempt to mask the odor.
to the odor coming from the package, and after obtaining a search
warrant, several ounces of methamphetamine were found inside."
identify marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin and has
assisted several agencies in the past.
Miko and Allen
have been working together for a year, just enough time to really
start to get into a groove together.
has been a canine handler will tell you — you can't read your dog
for about a year," Allen said. "Jason's been a handler before, so
it helps to be able to ask him (for advice). He's fond of canines,
and he's had one in the past, so he knows they are a great tool to
work with a drug dog takes time, Allen said, and requires
"I went to
school at Worldwide Canine in Spring Branch and went through a
pretty extensive program," Allen said. "The program was to train
me: Miko was already trained. It was how the dog and I were first
joined the Constable's office, he worked for the Angelina County
"I told Jason
to let me know if he had an opening, and last summer he called
me," Allen said. "It's a big relief for me, because I live in
Nacogdoches so now, I'm able to work at home, and it's also just
an honor to work for Jason."
Miko and Allen
work and train together daily, an important practice for not only
keeping their skills sharp but, also for bonding together.
"He's a really
friendly dog; all he wants to do is play," Allen said as he was
pulled around several feet by Miko tugging on a chew toy attached
to a rope. "This is his reward, and he gets to play with it. It
also lets him know that 'dad' is proud of him."
"Miko will be
a valuable asset for us to continue in our efforts to reduce
narcotics in our precinct," Bridges said. "We are excited to have
both Miko and Rusty join us. They are welcome additions to our
just getting started here and coming in on the ground floor,"
Allen said. "But I have high expectations for us and for the whole
writer David Pittman
Sheriff's office adds
its first dog
Potter County sheriff's deputies welcomed a new member to the
Banny, a 14-month-old male Weimaraner, started at the sheriff's
office as a narcotics and tracking dog.
It's the first time Potter County has had a dog. The county
previously relied on Randall County, Amarillo Police Department,
the Department of Public Safety and others for drug dogs when
Chief Deputy Roger Short said deputies often need a drug dog for
vehicle searches and must request assistance from other agencies.
"Amarillo is a central hub for a huge multistate area, and a lot
of drugs come through here," he said.
cost of the dog, including training, was $7,500, which was paid
for with drug forfeiture money.
Banny was purchased from Spring, Texas, and trained by Worldwide
County Sheriff's New Addition
AMARILLO, TEXAS -- Today, the Potter County Sheriffs Department
let ProNews 7 meet it's newest member, Banny, a two year old
Weimaraner drug dog.
Banny specializes in finding narcotics and is the department's
first drug dog.
Officials said they've seen an increase in drug busts along I40,
and Banny was a welcome new addition to the team, but while Banny
has been training his whole life to be a narcotics dog, he also
has a few more tricks.
owner and partner, Deputy Wallace Jones said, "in the situation
that we have in our sheriffs department we can use him if we ever
have escapes, he can track inmates, Alzheimer patients, children
things like that."
Wichita County SO
Wichita Falls, TX
New Wichita Co. K-9 reports for duty
Seized drug money helps pay for dog
Posted October 1, 2009
Torin Halsey /
Wichita Falls Times Record News
Like any dog,
Kimbo relies a lot on his nose.
13-month-old Belgian Malinois, will sniff out drugs. He will help
during searches for people and take on other duties as the Wichita
County Sheriff’s Office’s new K-9 officer.
“He knows his
odors. He knows what he’s supposed to do,” his handler, Deputy
Josh Brown, said. Brown said his mission is to make the dog
streetwise, getting him used to the sights and sounds.
returned Saturday from a two-week basic handler’s course, and
Kimbo has started work.
Brown came to
Wichita County from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in January,
bringing his K-9 partner Clif with him. Clif’s death during a
dental procedure in May came as a shock and left the office
without a K-9 resource.
Brown and Sheriff David Duke introduced Kimbo to a crowd. This dog
is a tool in the fight against drugs, Duke said.
Office had help from several people to pay $10,500 to add Kimbo to
Attorney Barry Macha has been instrumental in the development of
the K-9 program, Duke said. The office contributed $2,000 in
seizure funds toward a replacement, on top of funding equipment.
amazing when the drug dealers in town are the ones buying us a new
drug dog,” Assistant District Attorney Tony Fidelie said.
to a partnership among the DA Office’s Drug Enforcement Division,
deputies and the WCSO’s K-9 program. He said he hopes to add a
second dog soon.
more on Kimbo...
It seems that me and Astor spend
more time with other agencies hunting down people than we do
working our own beat. Astor has logged assists with 7
different agencies most of which have their own K-9 but
want what our team brings to the table. Its hard to believe we
have only been on the streets since May! I really am glad we
chose you guys. I now have a great partner and buddy thanks to
all of y'all's hard work and commitment to your customers.
Officer Dalen Wood is shown below with the department's new
dual-purpose K-9, Buddy.
Buddy, now on duty!
Bow Police Dept., www.brokenbowpolice.com
new face on the squad at the Broken Bow Police Department.
Buddy, a Dutch shepherd K-9, who arrived June 20 and got called to
duty the very next day, according to K-9 Officer Dalen Wood.
"He was deployed to bring an
aggressive prisoner out of the back of a patrol car, and it
worked," Wood said.
16-month-old black and brindle canine was imported from
Czechoslovakia and takes his commands in Czech, Wood said. Broken
Bow Police Department purchased Buddy from Worldwide Canine, Inc.,
in Spring Branch, Texas, thanks to grants from the Custer County
Foundation and the Custer County Drug Board...
letter of thanks to the Foundation and the Drug Board, Wood said,
"Your donation of a police service dog will greatly impact this
wonderful county in ways that most people will not even see. By
having this formidable tool I personally hope that those that try
to detour our peaceful and respectful way of life will think
spent three weeks in Spring Branch, Texas, where he and Buddy
trained together before the new dog was put into service. During
the training, Wood and Buddy did drug searches in jails, halfway
houses and dorms, where Buddy did find drugs.
K-9 is a dual-purpose dog who can search for the odor of
narcotics, search and track humans and bite on command. He can
sniff out the odor of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine
and some other drugs as well.
humans through ground displacement, Wood explained, sniffing to
detect where someone steps, which doesn't smell the same as the
ground around it. He can sniff across dirt, concrete, sand or
County Pct. 1
Just want to tell you that Nina took first
place in the narcotic building search at the Texas Police Games
that was held in Conroe this year. There were 13 other dog teams
she was going against. She's been a awesome dog for me.....
Montgomery County Pct.1
Texas Police Games 2009 Results at texaspolicegames.org
U.S. Marshall requested a bite dog to assist in the
capture/arrest of Arbutina Darko a Croatian Special Forces soldier
that was wanted on aggravated assault warrant. Marshalls wanted
the dog due to the level of danger in the capture - subject had
several weapons included a high-powered rifle and said that he
would kill police if they attempted to arrest him. Marshalls
tracked Darko to a dirt road behind Hillsboro High School and set
up a perimeter until K9 Unit (Ted Walton & Astor) arrived. H.P.D.,
trooper and H.C.S.O. stormed the truck with K9 unit and Marshall.
When subject was taken into custody he had position on a pistol
along with other weapons. He was taken in with the assistance of
Astor (Itasca's K9). Astor's Busts
Spring Branch ISD PD
"JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT AVANT SEEMS TO BE WORKING OUT
WELL. WE'VE GOTTEN FIVE CAPTURES ON THREE DIFFERENT SCENES. I'VE
GOT SOME PRETTY GOOD WAR STORIES FOR JUST WORKING HIM FOR ABOUT
THREE MONTHS. CHIEF BRAWNER IS REAL PLEASED WITH HIM.
KNOW ALL TOO WELL THAT EVERYONE TAKES TIME TO COMPLAIN, BUT FEW
TAKE TIME TO GIVE THANKS WHEN IT IS DUE. I THINK YOU MADE A PRETTY
GOOD MATCH HERE. THANKS ALOT!
THERE'S ANYTHING I CAN DO FOR YOU, LET ME KNOW. I'LL GIVE YOU A
GOOD REFERENCE IF ANYBODY WANTS TO TALK TO ME."
"NANDO" Cushing PD
to thank everyone for their hard work and dedication to making each of
us better handlers. I know that I took a lot from the class and know that I
am a better officer for attending. With the information and training
provided, I have the utmost confidence in both myself and Nando's ability to
meet each challenge head on."
See NANDO'S BUST on the Wall of Fame
From The Cushing Citizen
Cushing once again has canine
police officer on patrol
by Jim Perry, Managing Editor
Police Department has four new feet to pound the pavement. But only one new
Nando, a German shepherd, has filled a void on the CPD, Chief Terry Brannon
announced. Nando joined the police rank and file after spending two weeks in
training with CPD Sgt. Tully Folden.
"We hit it off right from the start," Folden said
of the man-dog relationship borne on the grounds of Worldwide Canine Inc., a
15-acre canine training facility outside Spring Branch, Texas, about 30 miles
north of San Antonio. "He is very handler-protective."
Folden and Nando are now a team for the CPD and will help the department
battle illegal drug activity, Brannon said.
"Nando is a welcome addition to the department," Brannon said. "I am very
appreciative of the efforts of the city council and City Manager Steve Spears.
Without their support, Nando would not have become a reality for the police
department and community.
"I am very appreciative of their support of our efforts to suppress illegal
drug activity in Cushing."
Cushing has gone about 18 months,
Folden said, without a "drug dog" on its force. The department's most recent
canine officer, "P.D.," was retired after losing his right front leg to cancer
and slowing to a non-workable pace, Folden said.
"He's 13 and, without the leg, has slowed a lot," Folden said. "We retired him
and the give and take of getting a replacement caused the delay."
Both P.D. and Nando live with the Folden family.
Nando, Folden said, is a no-nonsense police officer.
"He has a fun side with me," Folden said, "but with pretty much everybody
else, he is all business. He has a high drive.
"My wife can pet him but he keeps a close eye on just about everybody."
Many breeds - shepherds, Labradors, golden retrievers, Belgian malinois, giant
schnauzers - are used as police and protection dogs, Folden said. He prefers
shepherds, he said, because of their ability and desire to be good police
Nando is 20 months old and proved himself worthy, Folden said, during
on-the-job training exercises in Texas.
"We ran all the cells in the Guadalupe County jail," Folden said. "We ran all
the apartments in a couple of half-way houses in Austin and the returning
students in the Gary Job Corps School.
"He did very well."
The two-week stint in Texas
included training for both Nando and Folden. Part of the training included
learning vocal commands given in Czechoslovakian, Folden said.
"I basically went through the handlers' course with him," Folden said. "I
learned canine first aid and he and I worked together on tracking and
"I think he is a great addition for the city of Cushing."
And a tax-free one, Brannon said.
He was purchased with monies seized during drug busts. "The work of past and
present members of the police department has helped make this newest K-9 partner possible."
an article from:
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officers often share a special camaraderie with other members of the force,
but for several Brazos Valley officers, their partners are a part of the
The Bryan and
College Station police departments and Brazos County Sheriff's Office say
their police dogs play an important, highly specialized role serving the
Bak is one of
the newest additions to the Brazos County Sheriff's Department, having
served for only six months. The 41/2-year-old Czech Republic German shepherd
is trained to find drugs and track people.
And he only
responds to commands in Czech, said his handler, deputy Mike Welch -- unless
the command is "no," which Welch said his wife taught him.
their time was used training me," Welch said, laughing about having to learn
the commands in Czech at Worldwide Canine in Spring Branch where Bak was
Bak in a variety of settings, and the dog's main talent is finding drugs, he
is at a scene and finds drugs, he will paw at the substance and look at me.
He knows where his ball comes from," Welch said about the dog's reward for
... Bak was
purchased after the department had to put down its last dog, Max, last year
after the 15-year-old dog developed cancer. "I tell you what, when we
had to put Max down, I did not want to get another dog. It's rough,"
said Welch, who was also Max's partner.
patrol car has an aluminum-incased cage behind the front seat that is wired
with an alarm. If anything in the car were to fail, the windows would
automatically roll down and fans would come on to keep the dog cool.
Department of Public Safety, and the Bryan and College Station police
departments have all used Bak's talents, Welch said, adding that the dog has
found drugs every time DPS troopers call for him, Welch said.
Welch said Bak undoubtedly
works to the advantage of the sheriff's department.
"I think any department could
benefit from at least one dog, no matter how large or how small," he said.
Picture: Don Healy,
" Russ Rathy follows the lead of his narcotic detection dog Alis
Article: Tim Switzer, Leader-Post
"...Alis Vicona isn't your everyday pure-bred German Shepherd,
she's a narcotic detection dog and the key to the Rathys'
struggling business, Crusader Resources...
...Rathy moved to Texas to train with Robin Hawkins, a
world-renowned dog trainer, at Worldwide Canine. There, he hooked
up with Alis, an export of Europe where her grandfather was one of
the highest ranking police dogs in German law enforcement history.
..."She is above and beyond, I think, anything that we provide in
Canada here now. She is bred and born just for this," said Rathy."...
More on Alis
and Crusader Resources
"NIK" Winnfield PD
Handler and Partner C. Vines:
"I would not take
a million dollars for Nik."
"The K9 probably saved my life on this. Nick never backed
off no matter how much the suspect fought. He never let
suspect get between me and him. He was not hurt but he tore
the suspect's *&# up."
"We have made a lot of drug arrests with Nik."
Winnfield newspaper article:
K-9 Officer and Partner Nik Make Drug Arrest
A routine traffic stop by a Winnfield police officer
netted a find of illegal drugs on February 11 and arrested two on
Police officer Craig Vines, who is also the k-9 Officer of the WPD,
stopped a car ... after observing the vehicle run a red light.
During the initial investigative stop, Officer Vines detected a
strong odor of marijuana. When the driver consented to a
search of the vehicle, Officer Vines enlisted the aid of his K-9
partner Nik in determining whether there was indeed drugs present
in the vehicle.
After Nik alerted, Officer Vines searched the entire vehicle and
found several bags of marijuana packaged for sale. He
arrested the driver... on charges of possession of marijuana with
the intent to distribute and disobeying a red light. The
passenger.. was charged with possession...
Chief Phelps commended his officer and the dog and said the
addition of the K-9 to this department is a great tool in the war
"Nik is a dual-purpose dog," said the public relations officer.
"He is trained to attack to save an officer's life as well as to