Two members of the Dallas County Sheriff’s K-9 Division are now dually certified. Jake and Argo passed their certification exams with flying colors. These two canines, previously certified in narcotics detection, can now add tracking and trailing missing people or fleeing felons, search and rescue, explosives detection, article search and apprehension to their credentials.
The dogs and their officer partners attended K-9 camp in Sacramento, Ky., in March. They completed training and were recently awarded their certifications after testing highly in these additional categories.
Argo is partnered with Cpl. K-9 Deputy Randy Davidson, and Jake is partnered with Deputy Chris Clarke. The upkeep and care of the K-9 department is funded through the Dallas County Sheriff’s Posse.
Sheriff Scott Rice said, “There are very few tax dollars used to help support the program. Fundraising by the posse and individual and business donations carry the weight of the cost.”
Rice is very satisfied with the dogs’ work. They have consistently proved valuable in many searches and traffic stops that have uncovered hidden narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
At the beginning of their working shifts, the deputies conduct article searches and tracking trials with the dogs to keep them ready and refreshed. The department also has its own bite suit for continuing additional training. Dallas County can now boast two professionally certified canines as part of the county’s law enforcement professionals.