TECUMSEH – The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office demonstrated its new K9 unit of Sgt. Jeremiah Franks and a two-year-old Dutch Shepherd named Norra.
Tecumseh and its economic development agency provided $42,000 for the dog and a police package Ford Interceptor.
Sgt. Franks said Norra is trained for drug interdiction and will be training to enhance her tracking skill. He said other police K9 breeds are energetic searchers, but he believes the Dutch Shepherd has superior reasoning skills to find the source of a scent.
Mayor Bill Montz Sr. said effective law enforcement is at the root of strong economic development.
Sgt. Franks was joined at the meeting by deputies Brittany Hedlund and Rick Hardesty Jr.
Deputy Hedlund said the new vehicle has features for animal safety, a prisoner transport booth and cameras for the driver to see what is happening in the back seats.