Local K9 units from the Knox and North Judson Police Departments, as well as the Starke County Sheriff’s Department, joined 140 other teams from all over the country and around the world during Vohne Liche Kennels’ Annual Olympics last month.
Knox Sergeant Chad Dulin said his K9 partner O’Neill ended
up being ranked third out of 87 participating dogs in the Fast Dog/Hard Dog competition
which tested agility, speed and apprehension skills.
Three K9 Units from Starke County have teamed up to take on the “Olympics” at Vohne Liche Kennels.
The local team consists of North Judson Police Officer Rico Simpson and his K9 partner Jimy, Knox City Police Officer Chad Dulin and his K9 O’Neill, and Starke County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Brack Rowe and his K9 Zardoz.
The highly anticipated addition to the North Judson Police Department is finally here.
Yesterday, Officer Rico Simpson picked his K9 partner out of more than 300 dogs at Vohne Liche Kennels. The dual-purpose K9 that he chose is named Jimy.
As a dual-purpose dog, Jimy will be able to assist with patrol work such as narcotics detection and apprehension, as well as tracking. Town Marshall Kelly Fisher previously reported that the tracking capabilities could not only help with finding criminals, but they could also come in handy for missing persons cases. Continue reading →
On Monday night, North Judson Town Marshal Kelly Fisher invited council members to tag along with NPJD as they venture to Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana on Tuesday, February 20th.
Marshal Fisher mentioned that Officer Rico Simpson will have over 300 dogs to choose from. The chosen animal will then go home with Officer Simpson for a week in order for them to bond and get familiarized.
After the week is complete, Simpson will attend six weeks worth of training, five days a week at the Vohne Liche facility. Continue reading →
The North Judson Police Department is already nearing their $20,000 goal for the purchase of a K-9 and subsequent training thanks to a decision made by town council members Monday evening.
Town Marshal Kelly Fisher requested for $15,000 to be encumbered from the general police insurance fund into the K-9 fund to help cover the cost of purchasing a K-9 from the Peru-based company Vohne Liche Kennels. The council members unanimously approved Fisher’s request.
Fisher also acknowledged some local businesses and organizations that are already offering assistance to the NJPD. San Pierre Veterinary Clinic offered to donate annual shots and physicals and Feed Barn is donating all food needed for the K-9. Continue reading →
Knox City Police Department K-9 O’Neill and his handler, Officer Chad Dulin, are halfway through their training. Police Chief Harold Smith told the board of works Wednesday things are going well. Continue reading →
The newest member of the Knox Police Department and his handler are off to school this week. O’Neill is an 18-month-old Malinois purchased by the department with donated funds raised over the past few months. Officer Chad Dulin says he will be certified in both drug detection and search and rescue. Continue reading →
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department has sold one of its K9s to Starke County.
Sheriff Michael Gayer told WKVI News that the K9 officer resigned abruptly and no other officer in the department wanted to resume the responsibility of K9 “Terror”. He reached out to other departments to see if a K9 could help them. One department that expressed interest was the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. The K9 and a kennel were sold to Starke County for $8,500 about two weeks ago.
The Pulaski County commissioners discussed the K9 situation Monday night during their meeting where Commissioner Terry Young was not pleased with the amount of money for which the K9 was sold. Commission President Larry Brady gave the sheriff the option of including the vehicle with the K9 and the kennel at a price of $17,000 or leave the vehicle for use by a department head. The vehicle stayed with the county.
Knox is one of 50 municipalities named in a federal lawsuit. Kevin D. Miller, who was subjected to a K9 drug search of his person and car in Marshall County last year, has brought suit claiming that dog and all trained by Vohne-Liche Kennels are unreliable. Miller claimed that the dog falsely detected drugs in the car, and in the process of searching the vehicle traumatized his wife. He had initially been stopped for a traffic violation.