ROCK COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Rock County Sheriff's Office has added Sasha and her handler Deputy Nathan DeBoer to the patrol bureau's repertoire of law enforcement tools.
Sasha is a 17-month-old German Shepherd and part Malinois and comes from Slovakia. Deputy DeBoer is a 3-year-veteran of the Sheriff's Office Patrol Bureau.
Sasha and Deputy DeBoer received extensive training and certification from Tarheel Canine Training Incorporated in Sanford, North Carolina. The four-week course molded the two as a team, along with certification in tracking, drug detection, and handler protection. Monies from drug seizures were used to purchase, train, and equip the duo for their new assignment on second shift patrol.
In 2010, the Sheriff’s Office returned to the use of a K-9 team by assigning Dex, at the time a 2-year-old German Shepherd, to Deputy Shawn Nolan. Since then, Dex and Deputy Nolan have provided immeasurable aid in apprehending felonious persons for an array of violations. The two are currently assigned to third shift patrol but will move to first shift this Fall.
The Sheriff’s Office believes the two K-9 teams will continue in the aid and protection of the Rock County community, along with performing drug interdiction work through the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program (HIDTA).