LITTLE VALLEY — The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Workplace has welcomed its latest member to the pressure — Okay-9 Silas, a 14-month-old Labrador retriever.
Silas started working with the Sheriff’s Workplace in December 2020 with associate, Deputy Kale Luce. The pair is a licensed Legislation Enforcement Investigative Remedy Canine Staff, in line with Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb in a information launch.
The 2 attended the Paws and Stripes School on the Brevard County Sheriff’s Workplace in Cocoa, Fla., the place they efficiently accomplished the United Okay-9’s Legislation Enforcement and Multi-Self-discipline Remedy Canine Coaching course, in addition to the AKC Canine Good Citizen check.
The objective for Deputy Luce and Silas is to construct optimistic interactions with college students and employees, in order that the Okay-9 may be utilized to scale back anxiousness throughout disturbing occasions, de-escalate tense conditions and open avenues for communication with individuals in disaster.
Okay-9 Silas may also be utilized to assist youngsters and grownup victims when interacting with legislation enforcement, throughout interviews, in addition to responding to acts of violence towards youngsters, critical accidents, and offering emotional assist and anxiousness discount for first responders.
The canine works with Luce each day within the Randolph Central College District, the place the deputy is assigned as the college useful resource officer.
Whitcomb thanked Superintendent Kaine Kelly and the Randolph Central College Board for partnering with the Sheriff’s Workplace to carry Silas into the college neighborhood, “the place he has already confirmed to be an asset.” The sheriff additionally thanked the Randolph Veterinary Clinic for his or her companies and Purina for the meals for Silas.
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