EL RENO, Okla. – Deputies are excited about the addition of two new faces to the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.
You won’t see them driving a patrol car soon but the two K9 officers will be hitting the streets in no time.
Recently, the sheriff’s office purchased the law enforcement canines and assigned them to the sheriff’s Truancy Division.
Renee Kendrick, with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office, has been assigned to be ‘Bandit’s’ partner.
She said, “He’s non-aggressively trained, so he’s not gonna hurt a child. He’s very friendly but our purpose there is for the safety of the children.”
Officials say the dogs will be visiting schools to protect students but they are also searching for other dangers.
Kendrick added, “He’s trained to search and detect for illegal narcotics.”
‘Bandit’ is a 2-year-old German Shepherd, who was purchased in May from a local breeder.
Clyde Carter, a deputy with the sheriff’s office, will be working side by side ‘Riko.’
Carter said, “Work parking lots and lockers, anything that might hide a weapon or some sort of device.”
‘Riko’ is a 2-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd and will serve as a bomb detection dog.
He was brought to Oklahoma from the Czech Republic.
Officials say he has the ability to detect odors associated with explosive devices and firearms.
Carter said, “Everybody I’ve talked to was thrilled to death to have the dog there and I believe this is the first bomb dog that Canadian County has ever had.”
Each canine costs between $12,000 and $15,000, a price he says is well worth it.
Carter said, “If we can stop a gun or a device getting into any school, that’s worth its weight in gold.”