JEFFERSON COUNTY: Missy to join sheriff’s office in new K-9 unit

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At the end of the month, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department will take on a new recruit that will stand out a bit from the rest.

The recruit, Missy, will be 1½ years old, walk on four legs, and have the sense of smell nine times more acute than most officers.

The new police dog will join the department, assisting officers primarily in drug searches, Chief Criminal Deputy Robert Anderson said.

“A dog can detect drugs that we would miss entirely,” Anderson said. “We’ll use it in search warrants and vehicle stops.”

The dog, a small rottweiler, is currently in training with a handler.

Missy is expected to be on the job before June.

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