South Bend, WA.- On December 30th 2013, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office took possession of its newest K-9 partner, “Ciko”, a one year old German Shepard. K-9 Ciko was born in Slovakia and was imported to the United States by Shallow Creek Kennels located in Sharpsville Pennsylvania.
The Sheriff’s Office has selected Deputy Justin Kangas as K-9 Ciko’s new partner and handler. Both Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko are currently attending a ten week, 400 plus hour K-9 training academy located in Pierce County. The ten week K-9 training is very intensive and covers several areas of learning discipline. Upon successful completion of the training, Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will have met state law requirements and standards to be a certified apprehension and tracking team.
Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “We believe that having an apprehension and tracking dog within our agency will definitely be a positive asset to the citizens and other law enforcement agencies within our county. We have long had the need to be able to track criminals fleeing active burglaries and vehicle prowls while on foot. We have also experienced increased reports of prowlers in different neighborhoods around the county during all hours of the day and night”
“We believe that K-9 Ciko will be a very positive deterrent and will complement our Search and Rescue bloodhound, K-9 Diesel very well”.
Sheriff Johnson also lauded the Pacific County Commissioners for their support of the program and their unwavering commitment to help improve the protecting of property and public safety as well as the many organizations that have donated funds to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program. Johnson stated, “We anticipate that Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will be ready to hit the road sometime in March”.