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K-9 Unit

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The Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit is a part of the Special Teams Division and is under the command of Captain M. Prichett and Lt. A. Cox. The K-9 Unit currently deploys seventeen K9 teams, which is the K9 and its handler.

The purpose of the K-9 Unit is to provide the citizens of Richland County with trained police service dogs to help locate illegal drugs, apprehend fleeing felons, detect explosive devices and find lost/missing persons. To accomplish this, the unit utilizes seventeen police service dogs. All of the dogs are full-service dogs, meaning they are trained in multiple skill sets: drug detection or explosives detection, tracking, patrol. Each dog has proven on numerous occasions to be an asset to the department and the community as a whole.

Each dog must be trained and certified/recertified in all trained skill sets. As officers must be continuously trained in law enforcement, so must police dogs. Most of the training is conducted by the unit’s handlers and trainer several times a week. The K-9 Unit also invites other agencies to attend training sessions to assist in the training of their dogs, as Richland County has one of the most respected and successful K-9 Units in the state.

Whether it be removing illegal drugs and drug proceeds from the hands of drug dealers, apprehending violent felons, locating potentially deadly explosives or returning a lost child or adult to his/her loved ones, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit is always ready.

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