Darren Doyle, story and photos
The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office has added a brand new deputy this week, as Tango, a two-year old German Shepherd has finally arrived.
An already highly trained K9 Unit, Tango and his handler, Deputy Jordan Jones are currently undergoing training together for the next 5 weeks. This is so the unit can function as a pair and to ensure Tango and Jones establish the proper relationship. Tango is scheduled to be on the road with Jones in the county in two weeks.
"Things are going great with Tango so far," said Deputy Jones. "He's trained to recognize marijuana, meth, heroin, cocaine, and other narcotics."
Jones said Tango not only specializes in narcotics detection, but also criminal apprehension and tracking. "Tango is a full service K9 Unit," he said.
Sheriff Shane Doyle also noted that while Tango is friendly animal, he is not a pet and the public should use caution when in his presence.
"We have Deputy Jones' cruiser now labeled CAUTION, K9-TANGO, on the window," he said. "Tango has a special seat in the back of the car. We are urging the public not to try to look into the car window or tap on the glass. This can put unnecessary stress on Tango and we certainly don't want that. We have no reason to believe that Tango would hurt anyone unless given specific commands, but he is a very strong and highly trained animal."
Doyle said that every penny of the $10,000 it took to purchase Tango and his equipment was donated through fundraisers and private donations. Doyle has given Jones much praise since the project began.
"We welcome Tango to our office and feel really good about him," he said. "Deputy Jones has been nothing short of outstanding in this process. We know they'll make a great pair that will continue the fight on drugs here in Edmonson County."
The sheriff placed a bag that contained confiscated marijuana in the gas tank door of Deputy Jeff Brooks' cruiser. Deputy Jones commanded Tango to "find dope," which Tango did in about 30 seconds, as you can see in the video below.