Sheriff’s office adds new K9 officer
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 1:33pm
The latest addition to the Glascock County Sheriff’s Office is a 9-year-old; and, like most youngsters, he loves to play. He loves attention. He will even climb up onto your lap and lick your face.
But with a word from the chief deputy, Chuck Cason, this youngster, PC, becomes a determined, focused K9. He has turned from a loving, playful, oversized puppy into the highly trained dog he is.
PC, a Belgian Malinois, begins a demonstration for a visitor at the sheriff’s office. He sniffs. He looks. He travels throughout the corridors of the building. Cason, his handler, guides him through the routine of searching everywhere for an object Cason has hidden. The target for PC to find is a training prop – a plastic bag that contains the scent of at least one of the drugs PC has been trained to detect.
“PC is trained for narcotics; marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and black tar heroin. PC can’t be cross trained for other purposes such as bomb search; although, PC does know how to track,” Cason said.
PC lives at Cason’s home and lives in a kennel outside, which was donated by someone who wants to remain anonymous.
Sheriff Jeremy Kelley said Cason was selected to be the department’s K9 handler for two reasons. He was a K9 officer with the city of Warrenton in the 1990s; and, he has a good rapport with the community.
The McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office donated PC, already trained, which was a blessing to the sheriff’s office.
“If we had had to begin this program from the ground up, it would have cost approximately $25,000 to get everything. PC cost less than $1,000,” Kelley said. The last time Glascock County had a K9 program was 11 or 12 years ago.
“I have just successfully completed 160 hours at the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office, five days a week, the whole month of April, 8 hours a day, he (PC) and I,” Cason said, adding he and the sheriff have each worked with PC.
“I train with him every day, at least 14 hours a month,” Cason said.
Although, PC had been working with another agency for years, he became accustomed to having Cason as his handler within two weeks, Cason said.
“He (PC) is another officer just like we are,” the sheriff said.
“A working dog. I’ve always been amazed at how they do their jobs,” Cason said.
At 9, PC is considered a senior dog. When he’s working, though, he has the concentration and determination of a much younger dog; and, if he’s not working and he wants to, he will jump onto your lap and lick your face.