There’s a brand new deputy in Greene County whose job shall be sniffing out explosives.
The county sheriff’s workplace just lately welcomed Maugli, the company’s new explosives Okay-9 officer, who was acquired by way of Area 13 funding, in keeping with a Tuesday information launch.
Sheriff Marcus Simms mentioned their division was chosen to obtain the year-old Belgian Malinois final 12 months, however as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, the coaching academy didn’t begin till this 12 months.
“I’m so pleased with the developments that our workplace continues to make by way of the dedication of my employees and assist of our local people members and companies,” Simms mentioned in a information launch.
Maugli, who was imported from Europe, shall be working together with his handler, Cpl. Nicholas Gustovich. They just lately accomplished a 12-week coaching collectively and had been licensed in patrol and explosives and gun detection, in keeping with the discharge. The sheriff’s division has one other Okay-9, Jack, who focuses on narcotics.
“Cpl. Gustovich has a dedication and keenness to the Okay-9 program and confirmed that by way of devoting the previous three months to coaching in Pittsburgh,” Simms mentioned within the launch.
Maugli shall be utilized in county buildings, faculties, Waynesburg College, and companies which will have issues or in want of legislation enforcement. They is also requested to reply to different areas inside the area for potential bomb threats “or different high-profile occasions that require looking out,” the discharge states.
The brand new Okay-9 automobile didn’t price taxpayers any cash, as Waynesburg College donated the $65,000 for it, in keeping with the discharge. The sheriff’s workplace then bought the automobile from the Greene County Regional Police division, which had a completely outfitted Okay-9 automobile.
“With out the collaboration of all of those businesses, we by no means would have achieved this purpose,” Simms mentioned in an announcement. “I can’t thank everybody sufficient for his or her assist and assist in getting by way of this course of. Via working along with these totally different businesses and the college the sheriff’s workplace can higher serve and defend the residents of Greene County.”