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1st Lt. Kevin Hoover
& K9 Arko
khoover@rcsd.net

K-9 Arko is a Belgian Malinios that was purchased from the country of Slovakia. K-9 Arko is a full service Police K-9 trained in the fields of criminal apprehension, tracking, and narcotic detection. Lieutenant Hoover and his K-9 partner not only enjoy removing criminals and the criminal element from the streets of Richland County they also enjoy visiting schools and community events educating citizens of the full potential of the Richland County K-9 Unit.


Sgt. 1st Class Alan Cox
& K9 Kai

After having served in the United States Marine Corps, SFC. Cox  began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the City of Richmond, Virginia. Sgt. Cox moved to South Carolina in January of 2000 to continue his career with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Sgt. Cox later joined the K-9 unit in December 2002 and was partnered with K-9 Barry until his retirement in December 2009. Now partnered with K-9 Kai Sgt. Cox continues to serve Richland County and surrounding Jurisdictions in the realm of explosives detection. Sgt. Cox further serves as the K-9 units’ Lead Trainer charged with overseeing all training, certification, standards and guidelines. Sgt. Cox is a certified Master Canine Trainer and has trained numerous dogs for departments throughout the United States as well as abroad.


Lt. George Becker
& K9 Rocko

Lt. Becker has been with RCSD since 2004, having come from Cayce Department of Public Safety.



Sr. Cpl. Warren Cavanagh
& K9 Chico

Sr. Corporal Cavanagh came to RCSD in 2006 from the office of Inspector General with the State of South Carolina DJJ. He has been in Law Enforcement since 2002 and began handling K9s in late 2004. Corporal Cavanagh’s partner is K-9 Chico. K-9 Chico is a Belgian Malinois acquired by RCSD January 9th, 2012 at the age of 3.5, from Custom Canine Unlimited in Maysville, GA, after losing K9 Fargo in the line of duty. K-9 Chico is triple wielded in Narcotics detection, Tracking, and Criminal Apprehension. Corporal Cavanagh and K9 Chico pride themselves in making the communities of Richland County a safe place to live.

RIP K9 Fargo *BOW 2006 EOW 2011* - Miss you buddy!

“ If you don’t have confidence, you will always find a way not to win “ - unknown



Sgt. James Abraham
& K9 Denzal

Sergeant Abraham  has been employed with Richland County Sheriff’s Department for 11 years, and 19 years in the United States Army. He has worked as a uniform deputy, and a Narcotics Agent. He worked undercover in the Narcotics Division for 2 years. While working in narcotics he grew to love canines and decided that the next move would be in that division. He is currently assigned a Dutch Shepherd he is trained in Drug Detection, Tracking and Apprehension.
 


Cpl. Gavin Walmsley & K9 Rico

After serving 7 ½ years in the US Army as an MP, Corporal Walmsley began his career with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 2003.  Cpl. Walmsley was assigned to the K9 Unit in 2006 and was partnered with K9 Iron until his retirement.  Cpl. Walmsley is now partnered with K9 Rico, who was acquired from Holland and has been trained in criminal apprehension, narcotics detection, tracking and handler protection.  K9 Rico came trained in the KNPV and title as a PH2.  K9 Rico loves to spend time with Cpl. Walmsley and go to work. 

“The best thing about man is the dog.”   -Pierre-Laurent Buyrette de Belloy-


 


Master Deputy Adam Oxendine
& K9 Bickle

Master Deputy Oxendine started at the Sheriff’s department as an Explorer and was then hired as a JSO in 2004. He was later promoted to Class I and completed the SCCJA in May of 2006. Once assigned to road patrol in Region One, in early 2010 he was re-assigned to the K-9 team.

Bickle is a Belgian Malinois that was acquired by RCSD in 2012 from Holland. Bickle is a full service patrol K-9. K-9 Bickle is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, criminal apprehension and is also training in search and rescue.


 


Deputy Chris Bagby
& K9 Hunter

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Deputy Bagby began his law enforcement career in the state of  Alabama. Dep Bagby moved to South Carolina in 2013 to continue his career with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department. Dep Bagby later joined the K-9 unit in June 2016 and was partnered with K-9 Hunter. K-9 Hunter is a Belgian Malinois that was acquired by RCSD in July of 2016 from Holland.  K-9 Hunter was born September 21, 2013 and currently serving as a full service patrol dog trained in the areas of criminal apprehension, tracking and narcotics detection. Hunter is a high energy dog that loves to work.


 


Deputy Jayme Belval
& K9 Jorris

Deputy Belval joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in 2013 and worked on the road as a patrol until she joined the K9 team in 2016. Deputy Belval is a 13.5 year Veteran of the Army National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. She is partnered with K9 Jorris (pronounced Yoris), a Belgian Tervuren. Jorris came to Richland County from Holland in 2016. K-9  Jorris specializes in explosives detection, article searches, and tracking of suspects and/or missing persons. Jorris is an extremely smart and very social patrol dog. He enjoys playing fetch, face rubs, and attention.


 


Deputy Michael Caughman
& K9 Youri

K-9 Youri is a Dutch Shepherd that was acquired by RCSD in 2013 from Holland after receiving his training through the Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging; KNPV, also known as the Royal Dutch Police Dog Association. K-9 Youri is titled as a KNPV PH-1 full-service police dog. K9 Youri specializes in handler protection, criminal apprehension, tracking, article search, area search and narcotics detection. Deputy Caughman and K-9 Youri have been partnered together since August of 2015 and pride themselves on protecting and serving the citizens of Richland County.


 


Deputy Kevin Coghlan
& K9 Basco

Deputy Coghlan
 


Deputy Tyler Hazel
& K9 Nero

Deputy Hazel spent 6 years in the SC Army National Guard as an Infantryman. While there he attended Tactical Explosive Detector Dog handlers course in 2011. Deputy Hazel then joined RCSD in 2013 and patrolled in Region 7. Deputy Hazel joined the K9 team Dec 2015. K9 Nero was purchased from Holland as a KNPV PH1 certified dog. Nero is trained in areas of narcotics detection, area and article searches, and apprehension. Nero is very social and loves to work.


 


Deputy Emily Lemmond
& K9 Eros

Deputy Lemmond
 


Dep. Megan Munib
& K-9 Kane

Deputy Munib has lived in Columbia her entire life and attended the University of South Carolina. She has been in the United States Army Reserves since 2012 and has worked for the Richland County Sheriff's Department since 2013. Deputy Munib worked in an undercover capacity for the Narcotics Unit before working on Road Patrol and then the K9 Unit. She is partnered with K9 Kane a Belgian Malinois. K-9 Kane came to Richland County from Holland in 2017. K-9 Kane  specializes in Drug detection, article searches, and tracking of suspects and/or missing persons.


 


Deputy Josh Newsom
& K9 Bali

After serving in the Army, Deputy Newsom attended and graduated from the University of South Carolina. He began his law enforcement career in 2007, came to RCSD in 2009 and to the K9 team in 2011. He also serves as a sniper on the departments SRT.  After his first K9 was medically retired, Deputy Newsom took on K9 Bali in 2015.

K9 Bali was born in December 2013 in Holland, trained in KNPV and then acquired by RCSD in 2015 when he was 18 months old.  Bali is trained and certified in tracking, narcotics detection, apprehension, building and area search and handler protection.  Bali is a high energy dog who loves nothing more than to come to work.


 


Deputy Kyle Ostrander
& K-9 Joppie

After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Deputy Ostrander obtained a degree from the USC in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  Deputy Ostrander began his law enforcement career with the City of West Columbia Police Department in 2008.  In 2011 he joined the Richland County Sheriff’s Department and was assigned as a road deputy in Region 4.  In 2014 Deputy Ostrander was assigned to the K9 team with now retired K9 Ginny.  He was then paired with K9 Joppie.

Joppie is a Belgian Malinois that was obtained from Holland.  He received the title of PH-1 (Police Hound 1) while training KNPV in the Netherlands.  He is certified as a full service patrol K9 in criminal apprehension, narcotics detection, tracking, building search and article search.


 


Deputy Cody Sox
& K-9 Gavin

Deputy Sox joined RCSD in October 2014, and worked as a patrol unit until assigned to K9 in June 2017. Deputy Sox attended Limestone College on a scholarship for swimming. Sox graduated in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice. Deputy Sox is partnered with K9 Gavin. K9 Gavin is a Belgian Malinois that was acquired by RCSD in July of 2017 from Holland. Gavin is a full-service police K9 trained in criminal apprehension, tracking and narcotics detection.  
 

 

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