My name is Steve Rose and I graduated from the Sheriff’s Recruit Academy in 2009. On the first day of the Academy, all recruits were required to stand in front of the class and discuss their career goals. My goal on that day and for a long as I can remember was to become a canine handler. Nine years later, in May of 2018, I was able to realize my dream when I was selected as a handler.
During those previous nine years, I worked assignments in the Court Security Division and the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center where I became a Jail Training Officer and a member of the Custody Emergency Response Team.
In August of 2015, I rotated to Field Services and began my patrol career assigned to the Central Division. After approximately one year in the Central Division, I was transferred to the North Division where I continued working patrol and was eventually appointed as a Field Training Officer. I remained as a Field Training Officer within the North Patrol Division until my selection as a canine handler.
K9 Jetta is a four year old, 55 pound Belgian Malinois. She is the first and only female patrol dog in the history of the Sheriff’s Department. Although it is somewhat rare to see a female patrol dog, don’t let that fool you. Jetta is an extremely hard working patrol and SWAT dog and she has successfully apprehended several dangerous wanted felons. Although Jetta is still relatively young, I am her second handler. I was lucky enough to take over as Jetta’s handler when Deputy Anthony Jenkins promoted to his current rank of Sheriff’s Sergeant. Sergeant Jenkins was a veteran canine handler and did an amazing job training Jetta into the strong patrol dog she is today.
K9 Jetta and I are currently assigned to work graveyard shifts, serving the north part of Sacramento County. On Jetta’s days off she really enjoys typical dog stuff like playing with her dog toys, going on walks, and hanging out in the yard with her best friend Lola the Bassett Hound.