Carlton County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes K9 Unit

Local Donations Revive K9 Program

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Move over humans!

A four-legged pup is the newest deputy in Carlton County.

There’s a new dog in town, and at 16-months-old he can already sniff out 10 types of drugs.

It’s been four years since the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office has had a K9 unit, and it would have never happened without overwhelming support and generous donations from the community.

“Our new police K9, he’s a German Shepard from Slovakia. His name is Roman,” smiled the newest K9 handler, Deputy Tory Cawcutt.

There’s no doubt Roman is the cutest officer on the force, and arguably the smartest.

“Roman is not only trained in drug detection, but he’s also what we call a PD 1 or dual purpose dog,” Cawcutt explained.

Using only his sniffer, the dog recovered marijuana, meth and heroin within minutes.

In the next few weeks, Roman and Deputy Cawcutt will spend 10 weeks in the cities learning to track perpetrators, recover evidence, and take down the bad guys.

“It’s not only training him, but also training myself and learning the process and how to be a K9 handler,” Cawcutt said.

Carlton County hasn’t had a K9 unit since 2011 because the price tag on the pup is in the ballpark of $13,000.

“Great community support from major corporations down to just citizens throughout the community,” Cawcutt smiled.

Roman would have never ended up in Carlton County if it wasn’t for a generous $10,000 donation from Northwoods Credit Union.

“This is a really a good cause, it benefits everyone in our county,” said Northwoods Credit Union president, Barb Brown. “It was, hands down, everyone agreed that we have to help get this dog sooner than later.”

It’s a pretty easy work day when your partner is your best friend.

“Basically he’s the fifth member of our family now,” said Cawcutt.

You can tell Roman is still a puppy and like anyone else gets a bit distracted and deserves a break.

“He’s got to be a dog, too,” Cawcutt said. “He’s got to run around and enjoy himself.”

Once training is done and the team hits the streets in June, solving crimes and playing a little tug-of-war is all in a day’s work.

Deputy Cawcutt and the sheriff’s office says they want to thank everyone involved in getting the K9 program back into Carlton County.

Roman is expected to be fully certified by June, and he will be very visible in the community by making trips to schools, and patrolling the streets of Carlton County.

To keep up with Roman’s progress, like his Facebook page by clicking here.

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