Newest Addition to Service Dog Team
Deputy Doug Smith and Ari
Ari, a two-year old male Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd is our newest addition to our service dog team. Deputy Doug Smith, with the Sheriff’s Office for nine years, is Ari’s handler.
Ari is from the Czech Republic and is dual-certified in both patrol and narcotic detection. He has been trained to alert at the odor of marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine. His patrol functions include building searches, handler protection, suspect apprehension, article searches and tracking missing persons.
Ari is well socialized and gets along with adults, children and other animals.
Sheriff’s Office canines travel in patrol cars equipped with an insert designed specifically for police dog use. The patrol cars are equipped with climate controlled devices to ensure the dogs stay cool. K9 Deputies are able to open the patrol car doors and release the dogs by pushing a button on their utility belts.