Pacific County has a new K9 officer
The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office have a new addition to their team with K9 Ciko(Pronounce SeekO), a one year old German Shepard. Ciko was born in Slovakia and was imported to the United States by Shallow Creek Kennels located in Sharpsville Pennsylvania.
The Sheriff’s Office selected Deputy Justin Kangas as Ciko’s new partner and handler.
Both Kangas and Ciko are currently attending a ten week, 400 plus hour K9 training academy located in Pierce County. The ten week training is very intensive and covers several areas of learning discipline to meet state law requirements and standards as a certified apprehension and tracking team.
Sheriff Scott Johnson stated, “We believe that having an apprehension and tracking dog within our agency will definitely be a positive asset to the citizens and other law enforcement agencies within our county. We have long had the need to be able to track criminals fleeing active burglaries and vehicle prowls while on foot. We have also experienced increased reports of prowlers in different neighborhoods around the county during all hours of the day and night”
Johnson added, “We believe that K-9 Ciko will be a very positive deterrent and will complement our Search and Rescue bloodhound, K-9 Diesel very well”.
Sheriff Johnson thanked the Pacific County Commissioners as well as the many organizations that have donated funds to the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program for their support of the program and their commitment to help improve public safety.
Deputy Kangas and K9 Ciko are expected to be active in Pacific County in March.