COCHISE COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - In a recent news release, Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels announced a newly created K-9 unit for the sheriff's office.
There are now four K-9 deputies and their handlers stationed across the county – with one each in Elfrida, Sierra Vista, Willcox and one in Douglas. These four officers and their K-9s with the addition of a patrol scan can effectively cover the entire county as needed.
All four canine officers are Belgian Malinois and are proving an asset to the success of the Cochise County Sheriff's Office. The K-9s and their handlers are:
- Sierra Vista – Vinney (an eight year veteran) with handler Deputy Reibschied
- Douglas – Henry (is 15 months old) with handler Deputy Hogan
- Elfrida - Marco (is 20 months old) with handler Deputy Hathaway
- Willcox – Noby (is 15 months old) with handler Deputy Callahan-English
Vinny is the CCSO veteran of the group; the canine has worked with the county since 2009; while the remaining dogs were acquired in 2013. It cost Cochise County $140,000 to establish the three new K-9s, which included two new vehicles and equipment. The actual cost for the dogs was $10,800; yearly maintenance is projected at $10,000 that will cover food, veterinarian care and dog equipment.
"We are excited to have the opportunity of starting this unit and we anticipate obtaining two more K-9's this year," stated CCSO Sheriff Dannels in the news release. "This program is a much needed asset for not only our organization but for any other Public Safety agency who requests assistance."