The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit is composed of two teams run solely on community donations.
Deputy James Spencer & K-9 Elza
Deputy Andrew Yessman with K-9 Digit
Both K-9 teams formally train at least every two weeks in Yates County with a master trainer. This is done in addition to the numerous hours of maintenance training that is conducted at home. Each year, both K-9 teams attend the Yates County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Seminar. At the seminar, the teams train with expert trainers from across the country.
The K-9 Unit of the Sheriff’s Office is available 24 hours a day, and can be called to perform many tasks including:
- Tracking / Searches
K-9s are trained to track and find people, whether they are lost people, missing children, or suspects of crimes.
- Narcotics Searches
- Both K-9s are trained to find marihuana, cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroin. The teams train in homes, warehouses, and vehicles, but are also used in schools and make routine searches of the jail.
- Handler Protection
K-9 Elza and K-9 Digit are trained in handler protection, or what is commonly referred to as “bite work.” In this capacity, K-9s are used to protect their handler from being attacked. They are also used to apprehend fleeing criminals.
Both K-9 teams participate in demonstrations for various groups, schools, and organizations. The teams look forward to bringing the dogs out and showing the public what a great resource the Sheriff’s Office has.