Hancock County Welcomes New K9 Officer


 The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department has a new member on its team. He has been fully trained and is ready to tackle any challenge thrown his way. 

Nitro, a one-year-old K9, is the most recent addition to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. He is replacing veteran K9 Christina, who just retired today after working for the department since 2007.

Deputy First Class Scott Little said he is excited to have the K9 on his team. “I think he’ll do excellent, he has some major shoes to fill from what Christina has left, and what an impact she has had on our community, but I think he’ll do well.”

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department currently has four K9’s on patrol, who are skilled in narcotics detection, tracking, apprehension, handler protection, searches and public relations. 

The skills that K9’s bring to the department are unmatched, helping the officers solve crimes with their nose and mere presence. “It’s really important not only for officer safety, but for what these dogs offer us, a great deal of training has gone into these dogs and they’re capable of doing so many things,” said Sheriff Ralph Fletcher. 

Nitro has been training with Deputy First Class Scott Little since July. In September, he was certified with the West Virginia Police Canine Association. He is ready to hit the road with Deputy Little to keep the citizens in Hancock County safe. 

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