Greene Co. Sheriff’s Dept. turns rescue dogs into K9 officers

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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Greene County Sheriff’s Department will soon have another K9 to add to their list of officers.

But News Channel 11’s Micah Smith found out, the departments K9’s are different from other police agencies.

“The major difference between the dogs here at the Sheriff’s Department and surrounding areas is that our dogs are rescues meaning that they were sent from all over the United States,” said Greene County Sheriff’s Department K9 Handler Scottie Greene.

Greene told News Channel 11, some of the dogs were moments away from being put down, others were dropped off at shelters.

But Greene said each K9 has a special quality that makes them perfect for police work.

“Basically all dogs are the same but what makes a narcotics police dog, bomb dog, or search and rescue dog different from a normal dog is the drive,” said Greene.

The drive, is the dogs desire to get an object, whether that be a cone, or another toy.

Through training, handlers mold that desire into a talent that helps the K9’s bust criminals, specifically drug offenders.

“Sig is aggressive alert he works within the jail and the workhouse facility,” said Greene County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Matthew McCamey

Within the last few months, McCamey’s K9 Sig caught several inmates trying to smuggle drugs into the county jail.

McCamey told News Channel 11, Sig’s sense of smell is so strong, he even alerts when drugs are hidden inside an inmate’s body cavity.

Sig caught one inmate that hid multiple drugs in his body.

“He had around 10 suboxone strips, marijuana and tobacco,” said McCamey.

While Sig is talented in sniffing out narcotics, Greene’s dog Odie has search and rescue skills.

“He is also certified in repelling. Not too long ago we attended a course down in Nashville were he got repel certified,” said Greene.

Greene County will soon add another rescued K9 to the pack.

Greene County Sheriff Pat Hankins told News Channel 11, he is excited to continue growing this program.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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