For Immediate Release
May 21, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
OCSO EXPLOSIVES DOG CERTIFIED
For the first time, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office now has a certified "bomb" dog on its team of police canines. "Rusty" is an 18 month old Retriever mix who became certified May 19th as an explosives detection dog by the U.S. Police Canine Association.
"Rusty" was acquired in the fall of 2008 from Advanced Canines, a police canine distribution entity located in Kentucky.
Handler Sgt. Bob Dudley says Rusty passed his certification test with flying colors and is now trained to alert on eighteen separate odors that could indicate the presence of explosives.
Rusty belongs to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office but will also be available to assist the Regional Domestic Security Task Force as needed.
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