Cook County Sheriff’s Office Welcomes K-9 Deputy

"I feel like he chose me" - Paul Spry, Cook County Sheriff's Deputy
Deputy Paul Spry and K-9 Deputy Eddy (Photo: Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Grand Marais, Minn. –

The newest member of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office arrived at the Law Enforcement Center this week. Meet Eddy, a one-year-old German  Shepherd from Slovakia.

Eddy was secured through Performance Kennels, Inc. in Buffalo, MN, who specializes in top-quality law enforcement working dogs.  K-9 training is an intensive 14-week program with handler Deputy Paul Spry.  They will focus on narcotics detection, tracking and patrol.

Commissioner Bobby Deschampe was a strong advocate for the K-9 program, and the County Board allocated $20,000 in the 2018 Budget to implement it.  Those funds cover the cost of the dog, training, outfitting Deputy Spry’s squad car and home with K-9 requirements for Eddy’s safety and performance, as well as veterinary care. Eddy will live with Deputy Spry and his family and will be on duty with him and available whenever required.

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said, “We are excited to welcome Eddy to our force, and get this up and running. I commend Deputy Spry’s willingness to take on this role and commitment. Having the right handler is critical to the success of the dog and program.”

Eddy will be cross-trained to sniff out narcotics and locate missing persons or suspects who have evaded crime scenes.

“I’m very excited to have been selected and have this opportunity to work with Eddy,” said Deputy Spry. “When I arrived at the initial training and meeting at the kennels, three officers and their awaiting K-9s had not yet been assigned. Eddy immediately approached me and was the only one to do so; so, I feel like he chose me. He’s been with me for a few days now and we are definitely developing a bond and excited to get to work.”

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