Kaufman Texas, - His calm but inquisitive demeanor changes with a single word command from his K-9 handler; “Tank” the newest member of the Kaufman County Sheriffs Office’s K-9 Unit hit the ground running this month. Tank is a two year old black German shepherd with bright eyes and shiny white teeth. There is a spark of mischief in his eyes, as he looks to his handler for his next command. Although he is new to the Unit, he is already on top of his job.
Tank was purchased by the Kaufman County Sheriffs Office from funds received out of the “Narcotics Seizure Fund”, which include funds seized from suspects that are charged with drug related offenses. Tank and his handler Deputy Chad Hill will become inseparable throughout his career. Becoming a K-9 team is a 24 hour a day job, and it does not stop just at the end of the shift. The handler, as well as the dog comes with a level of commitment most people would not even consider taking on.
Tank is trained in narcotics detection, tracking, building searches, and to support patrol deputies who call for backup. Two critical traits of a remarkable dog handler are patience and willpower. Both are essential if the dog and handler team is to excel. Tank and his handler have seemed to master both.
Sheriff David Byrnes stated, “The K-9 units we support are a vital part of our fight against drugs in Kaufman County”.