The Sheriff’s K-9 team provides specialized law enforcement in the patrol environment by assisting in situations where the safety of officers or the general public is at risk.
Clay County currently has one K-9 unit, Deputy Russ Latimer and K-9 Marko. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office utilizes K-9 officers for various high-risk situations as building and open area searches, tracking of suspects, evidence location, search and rescue, bomb detection, as well as drug interdiction. The canines are also trained to protect the handler and to hold a violent or dangerous person from escaping. The K-9 team members are on-call 24-hours a day.
Although patrol work, narcotics detection, explosives detection and maintenance training consume a major portion of the unit's time, all team members frequently perform many other assignments, including demonstrations for school events and community organizations. They are often called upon by other agencies to assist with law enforcement related duties.
Whether it be removing illegal drugs and drug proceeds from the hands of drug dealers, apprehending violent felons, locating potentially deadly explosives or returning a lost child or adult to his/her loved ones, the Clay County Sheriff’s Department K-9 team is always ready and dedicated to assist and protect the citizens of Clay County.