The Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office is very pleased to announce the addition of a new K-9 Deputy, Kate. She was acquired three months ago from Whiskey City K-9 located in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.
K-9 Deputy Kate is a 2-year-old German Shepherd and has been in training for months with Whiskey City K-9 trainers, Jacob Jump and Chris Richey. She has been instructed in locating multiple types of drugs, including methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and cocaine.
“I have always been a supporter of using canines to assist law enforcement and have made it a priority within my administration to obtain a new canine. Deputy Robert Morton was chosen to partner with K-9 Deputy Kate due to his extensive background working with and training dogs”, sheriff Nathan Hughes said.
After weeks of training with Whiskey City K-9, Deputy Morton and K-9 Deputy Kate attended an International Police Working Dog Association (IPWDA) certification course.
On July 13, 2015 the team obtained their IPWDA certification at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana by completing interior building searches, vehicle searches, and open field searches.
Just one week after being certified, the K-9 team assisted with the execution of a search warrant at a Switzerland County residence where K-9 Deputy Kate located a substantial amount of methamphetamine.
“The addition of our K-9 team has proven to be an asset to the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Office and we are grateful to have this resource benefiting the entire community,” Hughes said.