Deputy Jamie Joseph and K9 Oakley are deployed to serve Darke County
GREENVILLE – Darke County Sheriff Mark Whittaker introduced the department’s new K9 and handler placed into service Wednesday to serve the citizens of Darke County.
“K9 has been a very important part of the Sheriff’s Office and the ability to provide services to the citizens of Darke County,” said Sheriff Whittaker.
Deputy Jamie Joseph and K9 Oakley graduated from the which is assisted by instructors from the Southwest Regional K9 Training Group. The team is certified in the State of Ohio for drug detection, article search and non-apprehension tracking.
Deputy Joseph has been a road patrol deputy serving Darke County for over seven years and has been assigned to be Oakley’s sole handler.
“The primary function of Deputy Jamie Joseph and K9 Oakley is to do felony drug detection on traffic stops and those types of things,” Whittaker noted. “This is a tool that will be available to Darke County Law Enforcement officers as well as Darke County Deputies.”
Oakley is a male German Short Haired Pointer imported from the Netherlands and is appointed as a K9 Deputy by Darke County Sheriff Whittaker.
Oakley will be on patrol in Darke County with his primary function to detect felony illegal drugs being possessed or trafficked in Darke County. The K9 will also be available to other agencies within and outside the county when called upon.
Deputy Joseph and K9 Oakley is the third team deployed by the Darke County Sheriff. The other two teams are Deputy Colton Magel with K9 Bear and Deputy Tyler Young with K9 Annie.
“Each dog has its own sole handler,” said Sheriff Whittaker. “The dogs live with the Deputy and the Deputy’s family. “They all live in the house of the deputy – they become part of the family. These are working dogs that become part of the family.”
K9 Annie and K9 Oakley are named in honor of Darke County’s famous resident, Annie Oakley known worldwide for her sharp shooting skills.
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