Boone County’s Patrol K9, Taser, is a 7 year old German Shepherd born in the Czech Republic and subsequently trained in Canada by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Taser’s initial training was an intensive 18 week course in four primary areas: Narcotic Detection, Human Tracking, Criminal Apprehension and Officer Protection. He was then transferred to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office and placed into service. In November of 2007 he was transferred to his current handler, Sergeant Dallas Wingate.
Taser is deployed on a daily basis during the course of routine patrol for the detection of narcotics during traffic stops, search warrants, building checks and “open door” or alarm calls where there is likely to be a suspect inside the structure. In this way, if a suspect is located inside or around the building, Taser is immediately available to assist in the apprehension of the suspect. He is also available to assist his handler in emergency situations where the handler is attacked or injured by an assailant or suspect during the course of a traffic stop, inside a building, or an area being searched.
Taser is especially adept at tracking and the locating of items which have been handled by people. He can even locate tiny objects such as coins which have been handled and contain human scent. In this way if a suspect was to throw an article of evidence out the window of a vehicle, or while running away from a crime scene, Taser can locate and retrieve these items for his handler.
In December of 2007 Taser was called to assist a local police department in locating several subjects who had robbed a convenience store at gunpoint, and had taken the cash register. During the course of tracking the subjects through the snow and across frozen ground, Taser located a number of coins which had fallen out of the cash register as the subjects ran across a field. After locating the coins, he continued to track the suspects to their apartment building approximately ¼ mile from the store. Subsequently four juvenile suspects were identified, arrested, and charged with robbery.
In 2009 Taser was deployed over 300 times during the course of the year for various missions including narcotic searches, tracking, building searches, and training exercises. This also included numerous engagements where Taser demonstrated his abilities for children and other community groups.