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K-9 Miki is the newest member of the sheriff’s office. Miki is a narcotics detection dog who is certified to locate illegal narcotics.

The Ely Times

The White Pine County Sheriff’s Office has a new member with the sheriff’s office. K-9 Miki is a male, two-year-old Belgian Malinois (pronounced MAL-in-wah). Miki is a medium sized dog that at first glance resembles a German shepherd. Miki is a narcotics detection dog who is certified to locate illegal narcotics.

Deputy Chase Odgers attended a 120 hour training course located at the Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver Indiana.  

Vohne Liche Kennels specializes in the training of both the dog and the handler to work together in the detection and locating illegal drugs. 

Both were certified in field location, warehouse location, large building location, vehicles and home searches.  

Odgers and Miki graduated from the academy March 15 and have returned to duty. 

 Odgers and Miki will be assigned to work in the patrol division at the Sheriff’s Office. 

“This will give them the opportunity to be proactive when it comes to locating illegal narcotics,” Sheriff Scott Henriod said.

The sheriff’s office applied for and received a grant from the Office of Criminal Justice Assistant Program that paid for the dog and the training. 

Henriod said, “The sheriff’s office looks forward to utilizing Miki and Deputy Odgers as a new resource to fight against illegal drug activity in White Pine County.”