This Friday, the Democratic Club will hear from Deputy Nate Nelson of the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Nelson will be accompanied by his K-9 partner Pogo. Pogo and his handler Nate serve in the department’s K-9 Program. These specialized animals and their human partners complete rigorous training prior to their certification. This comprehensive instruction and testing ensures that they can provide safe and effective support when deployed. You can meet this dynamic duo at the Iron Horse Bar and Grill this Friday where they will share details of this unique partnership.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office Canine Program
The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office K-9 program started in 1992 with one team. The program presently has three teams consisting of a handler and a dog. Each team performs patrol work and drug detection duties. Patrol work includes tracking, building searches, evidence/article location, suspect apprehension and handler protection. Drug detection, on the other hand, is focused on locating five specific narcotic odors. These specialized teams not only take enforcement action, they also conduct evidence collection, provide security, offer public education, and assist with crime prevention.