Rankin County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit has New Addition
The Rankin County Sheriff’s Office has made a new addition to its K9 unit bringing the department up to three certified K9’s.
The newest member of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office is a 75 pound sable colored male German Shepherd, born on May 11th 2015. His name is “Voodoo”. Voodoo is partnered up with Deputy Drew Payne.
Voodoo was carefully selected and imported to the United States from Czech Republic to begin his initial training. The dog is certified in narcotics detection, obedience, building/area searches, article searches, tracking, and handler protection. Currently, he lives at home with Deputy Payne and his family.
Deputy Payne and Voodoo underwent a seven week training program at Hub City Canine Consultants in Hattiesburg, MS. Hub City Canine trained Voodoo in the basic skills necessary for a competent K9 for Rankin County. Additional training will take place on an ongoing basis to maintain a high level of service from the dog.