The doctors and staff of Lake City Animal Health & Wellness Center are proud to help the dogs that help you. To learn more about the service dogs of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Warsaw Police Department, read below.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Warsaw Police Department maintain highly trained purebred police dogs – Besz, Bubka, Neville and Odin.
Besz was born in the Ukraine in May of 2018 and is a Belgian Malinois. She will be assigned to Deputy Craig Summers of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and will complete a training program that will give her dual purpose certification in patrol and narcotic detection.
Bubka is an English Cocker Spaniel. He joined the Warsaw Police Department in June of 2015. He is trained to track both drugs and people, but he is not trained to bite. Instead, his tracking skills are used most when searching for lost children or the elderly. Bubka is handled by a narcotic detective.
Neville is a Belgian Malinois and joined the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department in 2018. He is handled by Deputy Mediano and is dual-purpose trained on bite-work, narcotics and tracking.
Odin joined the Warsaw Police Department in October of 2019. He is a German Shepherd that is dual-purpose trained on bite-work, narcotics, and tracking. K9 Odin is handled by Officer Zackery Smith and currently working on 3rd shift with the Warsaw Police Department.
Police K-9s are valuable law enforcement tools and have proven effective in the areas of narcotic detection, apprehension of fleeing criminals, tracking, article searches, and officer/handler protection. The K-9’s are on call 24 hours a day and provide narcotics detection in local schools as well as local businesses. They also perform numerous demonstrations throughout the year. When the K-9s are off duty, they live with their handlers.