The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office commissioned its first multi-purpose K9 in 1998. The office now has three dogs.
Our dogs are certified as narcotics / patrol dogs as well as explosives / patrol dogs. All of the dogs live and work with their handlers. Custom cruisers allow these dogs to ride in safety and comfort during their shifts. There is one K9 and handler assigned to each of the three patrol shifts.
Our dogs have received various certifications, as mentioned above. A patrol dog is certified in the areas of building searches, evidence location, open area searches and criminal apprehensions. Narcotic dogs are certified in marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Explosive dogs are certified in the detection of all compound or materials that is likely to be used in the making of a bomb.
Here are some statistics on our K9 units from 2003 to 2010:
The K9s have been involved in forty-seven (47) criminal apprehensions, including 2 murder suspects.
The Narcotics dogs have been involved in numerous drug searches since 2003. Here are some stats on their seizures:
- 9,208.75 grams of cocaine with a street value of $1,841,500.00
- 497.218 grams of marijuana with a street value of $2,486,090
- 1,580 grams of methamphetamine with a street value of $316,000
- 136 grams of heroin with a street value of $54,400
- Cash seizures of $394,270
Total value of seized cash and drugs – $5,092,260