In 2000, I was hired as a Deputy Sheriff and assigned to Corrections at the Main Jail. While there I was on C.E.R.T. (Custody Emergency Response Team) and also Jail Training Officer; working booking and the inmate housing floors. In 2003, I was assigned to Field Services (patrol) and was appointed as a Field Training Officer in 2007, training deputies newly assigned to patrol. During that time, I started teaching in the Field Officer Training course for newly appointed Field Training Officers. I also was appointed as an instructor at the Sheriff Department Academy. While assigned to patrol, I would assist K9 officers as a cover officer while they were conducting searches for suspects. I was instantly drawn to the aspect of utilizing a canine as an
While assigned to patrol, I would assist K9 officers as a cover officer while they were conducting searches for suspects. I was instantly drawn to the aspect of utilizing a canine as an effect tool in patrol. I took this interest and completed obedience training courses with my own personal dogs. Through this training, I developed a passion for working with dogs and knew being a K9 Officer would be a goal of mine.
I started assisting the Sheriff Department K9 detail during their training sessions. I participated by working as an agitator with searches and officer protection, which only ignited my passion and desire to become a K9 Officer.
In 2014 I applied for the position of the K9 handler and in early 2015, I was fortunate enough to have been selected as a K9 handler. I was partnered up with a veteran dog named Ronin. Ronin is a 9-year-old German Shepherd with approximately 8 years of experience working in patrol. Ronin is trained in patrol protection, human detection, and evidence detection. During our training together, I instantly observed the amount of training Ronin had received from his previous handler. Seeing this level of training, I knew I had big shoes to fill.
Ronin has bonded with me and my family very quickly. At home Ronin loves to chase his toy kong and appears to be a young puppy, never showing his age. Ronin is very eager to go the work and the instant he sees me in my uniform, his tail starts wagging and he whines until he gets into the patrol vehicle.
I was very excited to have begun my K9 career with Ronin and I felt that I was assigned to him and not the other way around. I have definitely learned a lot from Ronin.