Thursday 13 April 2023 at 15.52
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Caleb Snyder poses with KCSO’s new jail dog, Buck. Photo by Jackie Gorski, Times-Union
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office introduced its new jail drug dog Buck on Thursday.
Buck’s handler is Deputy Caleb Snyder, who started with KCSO in 2014 and is a member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, a supervisor and a certified instructor in defensive tactics and use of force, according to a news release from KCSO.
Snyder said Buck is a rescue dog from Cher Car Kennel LLC, St. Johns, Mich. The kennel breeds, trains and uses rescue dogs with the goal of converting them into service dogs for law enforcement.
Sheriff Jim Smith said it’s an issue he campaigned on and was passionate about. He said there has been an influx of drugs in the county and sometimes they end up in the jail. He said he doesn’t think having a drug deterrent will be the end of all drugs in the jail.
“It’s something we’ve never done before and I feel like it’s overdue … I wanted this dog put in place by the end of the first quarter and we got it done,” Smith said.
“We didn’t want a biting dog. Everyone knows Labs are just friendly dogs. We wanted that more discreet, friendlier face so when we’re out looking for people who are lost or need help and that’s the dog that comes up to them, they’ll probably feel a little better about it,” Snyder said.
Smith said the department’s purchase of Buck was in collaboration with donors Tom and Sheri Bradway, founders of A Quilt for Mother’s Tears. Their son, Officer Rod Bradway, was killed in the line of duty on September 20, 2013.
Tom said he read an article about March’s Merit Board meeting where KCSO was working on bringing a narcotics detection dog to the Kosciusko County Jail. The Bradways reached out to Sgt. Travis Shively to help in the process. Tom said it helps preserve Rod’s legacy because as a police officer, Rod always loved dogs and they knew dogs were a big part of his life.
Buck, a 1-year-old yellow lab, was in his fourth day of training Thursday and had already detected three different drugs during his drug detection and tracking training.
Smith said there are three existing K9s assigned to patrol at KCSO. Buck is the fourth and is the only one assigned to the prison.
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