DEPUTY JOSH WHEELER + K9 KONNOR

  • Breed: German Shepherd
  • Birthplace: Germany
  • Birthday: June 2011
  • Weight: 75 lbs.
  • Commands: English, German
  • Patrol Area: North Sacramento County
  • Special Skills: Patrol, Article Searches, Guns, Ammo

BIO

My name is Joshua Wheeler and I started working for the County of Sacramento as a Probation Officer in 1994.

In 1999 I wasselected to go to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Academy. I graduated in April of 2000 along with K9 handler Brett Shannep (K91). After graduating from the Academy I have been assigned to the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center, the Community Oriented Strategies Division, Research and Planning Unit, the Citrus Heights Police Department, patrol in Central Division (South Sacramento) where I was a Field Training Officer (FTO), and the Central Division Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit.

In November of 2011 I found out I was selected as a K9 Handler and would be K912. After a search for a new dog I finally met my partner Konnor in December of 2011. Konnor was selected over many other really good dogs. Konnor and I started training immediately and certified as an official K9 team on February 22, 2012.

During our first year we have participated in the arrest of many suspects and have been able to get a few guns off the street. I love it when the suspects give up without a struggle after seeing Konnor. I look forward to working with Konnor for a long time. My family tells me I have to work with Konnor until we can both retire together. I doubt that will be a problem; he’s a good dog.