The 1-year-old German Shepard is a K-9 partner who was born in Slovakia and imported to the States by Shallow Creek Kennels out of Sharpsville, Penn. Ciko came on board Dec. 30.
The Sheriff's Office has selected Deputy Justin Kangas as K-9 Ciko's new partner and handler. Both Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko are currently attending a 10- week, 400-plus hour K-9 training academy located in Pierce County. The 10-week K-9 training is very intensive and covers several areas of learning discipline. Upon successful completion of the training, Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will have met state law requirements and standards to be a certified apprehension and tracking team.
"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,” said Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson. “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. "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," Johnson added. Sheriff Johnson also lauded the Pacific County Commissioners for their support of the program and their unwavering commitment to help improve the protecting of property and public safety as well as the many organizations that have donated funds to the Pacific County Sheriff's Office K-9 program.
“We anticipate that Deputy Kangas and K-9 Ciko will be ready to hit the road sometime in March," Johnson said.