CENTRAL CITY – Merrick County Sheriff John Westman says the return of a K9 Officer to the force has already made an impact.
Westman says they county hasn’t had a narcotics sniffing service dog on the force since 2010, and with an uptick in narcotics cases appearing in the county, in March of 2017 they began working to revitalize the program.
Westman says local businesses (listed below) were very generous and helped the sheriff’s office reach it’s fundraising goal.
The sheriff’s office now has a Dutch Shepherd named, Shadow, that works with Deputy Tayor Samek. Since arriving in early April, the two have had 88 calls, 160 warnings and citations, 35 vehicle searches, plus 6 arrested for controlled substance possession, 2 for controlled substance distribution, 9 for possession marijuana, 3 for D.U.I., 3 for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs, in addition to a school search and 4 minor in possession citations, says Westman.
Shadow, will be at several upcoming events, including the Palmer Community Club Meeting on June 5th, at the Palmer Legion.
“Adding Shadow to our office was a major endeavor and could not have been possible without the support of the community, other law enforcement agencies, and our donors. We would like to extend our gratitude to Lieutenant Russ Lewis, Trooper Justin Davis, Trooper Dail Fellin, and other guest instructors with the Nebraska State Patrol Police Service Dog Division who provided outstanding training to our team. A special thanks to the private citizens, businesses, community groups, and foundations listed below. Your monetary donations, services, use of facilities for training, and feedback provided for our program is greatly appreciated,” said Westman in a Facebook post.
You can see the businesses who supported the effort below, courtesy the MCSO.
Preferred Popcorn Merrick Foundation
Archer Credit Union Pinnacle Bank
Palmer Community Group Dan and Sue Monaghan
Dr. Christian Tschanz Double-Lock Security
TransCanada Keystone XL Casey’s General Store
Solt-Wagner Funeral Home Beer 30 Merrick County Drug Fund Dave and Diane Lewis
Compass Marketing George and Paula Rutten
Palmer Rescue Squad Cornerstone Bank
Tori Bose and Friends
Lemonade Stand Central City
Central City Public School Leadership Club
Countryside Vet Clinic
Joel Leetch Darrell Reynoldson
Jake and Heidi Bauer Lone Tree Towing
Palmer Public Schools James Chvala
Merrick County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition
Merrick County Attorney’s Office (MAPS)
Central City Police Department
Nance County Sheriff’s Office
Butler County Sheriff’s Office
Royal Canine USA Private Donors