GUERNSEY COUNTY, Ohio -- The Guernsey County Sheriff's Office deputized a new, four-legged officer into its ranks last week
K-9 officer Nitro was trained in Holland to be a multi-purpose canine officer, capable of locating drugs and tracking and apprehending suspects.
Deputy William Patterson is Nitro's full-time handler. Patterson and Nitro recently completed six weeks of additional training and the dog and handler are now officially onduty . Nitro was brought in to fill the role recently vacated by Canine Rose, who retired after many faithful years of service to the Sheriff's Office. Dep. Patterson and Nitro will serve alongside Sergeant Richard McClay and K-9 Yuri.
Sheriff Mike McCauley said that K-9 units have become a crucial part of law enforcement as drug trafficking becomes more common in Ohio communities. McCauley thanked the citizens of Guernsey County for their ongoing support of the program, and added that the Sheriff's Office would be unable to maintain their K-9 unit without the past and future support of community members and organizations.