The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office currently has one canine teams:
Handler: Deputy Ben Flint
Responding to Calls
In addition to taking regular calls for service, the Canine Unit responds to calls where a canine is or may be needed including:
Crimes in progress
Other calls where a criminal suspect has fled the scene and canine deployment is suited
Vehicular and foot pursuits
The canines will stay in-service until either age or a medical condition would dictate otherwise. All of the canines reside with their respective handlers. The Sheriff's Office provides the necessary equipment to house the canine in a secure environment at the handler's residence. This assists the team with bonding, allows for constant supervision and care (including daily interaction to check for health issues, etc.), allows for a quick response when a team is requested and not on duty, and prevents the Sheriff's Office from having to kennel the canines. Upon retirement of the canine, generally the handler will apply to adopt their assigned canine from the county.