Daviess County Sheriff's Office
212 St. Ann Street
Owensboro, KY 42303
The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit consists of Deputy Russ Day and his K9 partner Jordan. Jordan is a 4 year old German Shepherd imported from Holland and obtained from Vohnne Liche Kennels in Peru Indiana. Jordan is a dual purpose Sheriff’s K9 trained and certified in narcotic detection and patrol. Patrol certification includes Obedience on/off leash, tracking/trailing, suspect apprehension, handler protection and evidence location. Deputy Day and Jordan are certified as a Patrol Dog Team through the American Police Canine Association (www.theapca.com) The team is recertified every year.
Our K-9 Unit has not only proven to be an invaluable asset to our office, but to numerous law enforcement agencies in the surrounding area. Many of these law enforcement agencies do not have access to a K-9 team of their own. Our assistance has consisted of searching for illegal drugs, tracking criminals, tracking lost children, and searching buildings for felons. By assisting other agencies, we are able to show how a well-trained K-9 unit is a valuable resource carrying a minimum cost to the office.
The K-9’s acute sense of smell is probably one of their best assets. Statistically, during a building search a K-9 can perform the search 70% quicker than a four-man special response team, with a 93% success rate. By using a K-9 in this situation, the most important factor is officer safety, as officers do not have to enter the building searching for a possibly armed suspect.
Secondary K-9 teams help cut down on man-hours of officers at a scene. The example also holds true with narcotics searches, along with tracking criminals. As stated earlier, a well-trained K-9 team gives the office “the best bang for their buck.”
Aside from the K-9 teams’ normal duties, the unit performs numerous demonstrations for civic, private, and school groups along with Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout troops. These demonstrations help to educate the general public of the great capabilities of this well-trained team. Our team is re-certified every year. In order to receive re-certification, the K-9 and Handler must pass all aspects of their initial training.
The unit has gone to various businesses and factories and conducted drug detection sniffs. They have also performed drug sniffs at Rosie’s Houses Drug Rehabilitation Programs, The Dismiss Houses of Owensboro, Women’s Prison property, and others. They have even been invited to neighborhood festivities in and around Owensboro. And, our team continues to have an extremely good working relationship with the Earl C. Clements Job Corp Center in Morganfield, Kentucky.
Below are pictures of current and past K9 Deputies and their partners.