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It was not until the late 1970s that the use of dogs in law enforcement took a foothold in the United States. The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has began using K-9 since the late 80s and early 90s. The German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Belgian Malinois, Dutch Shepherd and Giant Schnauzer are the breeds mostly used for dogs in law enforcement. These faithful companions start their training as puppies. They begin lengthy training to learn how to respond when under fire to detecting explosives and narcotics. To become an official police dog the dog must pass the normative police test. K9 Officers also attend lengthy training to learn to understand their K9 partner and to perform their duties as a team.
The Campbell County Sheriff's Office has three K9 teams. Our staff enjoys interacting with the dogs. Max knows exactly who to visit in records so he can get his favorite dog biscuit.