Talon started with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in May 2014, working with Deputy Brian Witt. He is a 60-pound Malinois, and specializes in patrol and narcotics detection. He comes from Working K-9 Kennel.
In just his first month on the job, Talon racked up ten drug arrests, including assisting a neighboring county with a search warrant where several pounds of marijuana and a large amount of cash were seized. But his most notable track was locating two suspects wanted for burglary and assault who’d fled from the scene and attempted to hid from law enforcement by submerging themselves up to their necks in a nearby river.
K-9 Sam is a Belgian Malinois from Canada. He joined the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in March 2020, and is partnered with Deputy Cory Fossum.
K-9 Sam is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, and criminal apprehension. He’s also quite good at handler protection, as was proven in one of his first success stories. He and Deputy Fossum were called to an area where one person reported hearing gun shots and another heard a man walking down a road threatening to shoot “anybody”. When the team encountered the man, he was uncooperative and ignored Deputy Fossum’s commands. K-9 Sam was released and quickly apprehended the man, bringing a safe conclusion to a dangerous situation.
K-9 Sam loves to work! Of course, work for him also involves playing with his favorite toy – a Jolly Ball.