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In 1995, the Sheriff's Office purchased two dogs; one for the purpose of narcotics detection and the other for
tracking criminals and lost persons. In 1996, the Sheriff expanded the unit to include the first cross-trained dog
to be utilized by both Narcotics and Patrol Divisions. Since that time, the unit has grown to six
During the past year, the K-9 unit has been the most utilized specialized division within the Sheriff's Office.
Their performance has led to numerous criminal apprehensions, drug and money seizures, and evidence recovery. The
K-9 unit has also conducted several public demonstrations throughout Cleveland County. If you have any
questions about the K-9 unit, please contact Sergeant Justin Etters at 704-484-4797.