Canine teams are called on to support building and area searches, evidence and article searches, victim and missing person searches, bomb and narcotic searches, suspect tracking and other duties where dogs and their handlers can provide unique assistance.
Sgt. Clark and Ukon
Ukon was born on 11/27/2015 in Metzingen, Germany and began his training 01/08/2018 with Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
Upon completion of his training, Ukon will be a dual purpose working dog, which includes narcotic detection, criminal apprehension, building/area searching and tracking.
Ukon will have to complete his training and pass his FDLE certification before he begins his service with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
Deputy Sheriff Franklin and Mace
Mace was born 08/17/2011 Mace is a full service Dutch Shepherd Police Canine. Mace was imported from Europe and has been in service with the Sheriff's office since October 2013. Mace has been trained to passive alert to the presence or recent presence of controlled substances to include Cannabis, Cocaine Base, Cocaine HCL, Heroin, and Methamphetamines and has proven to be very reliable in that detection. Canine Mace undergoes continuous training on a weekly basis with Deputy Selby Franklin in the detection of controlled substances. This continuous training is completed with the use of certified narcotics issued by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration as required by law.
Mace was recently deployed to conduct a free air sniff of a vehicle in which 4 kilos of heroin was found hidden in the vehicle.
Deputy Sheriff Lamb and Rio
Deputy W. Lamb is a K-9 handler with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office and has worked for them for 16 years. He has trained and worked 3 separate K-9's while employed at the agency; Red (bloodhound), Chloe (bloodhound) and most recently Rio. When he is not working he enjoys bike riding, spending time with his family and taking care of his K-9's working and retired. Deputy Lamb joined the School Safety Division beginning the 2018-19 school year as a specialized K-9 unit.
Rio is a 2 year old Vizsla/German Short Haired Pointer mix dog. He was ship over to the United States from Hungary by a local dog training business. Rio is trained for Explosive Detection. Rio and Deputy Lamb moved to an SPD spot starting the 2018/2019 school year. They will be going school to school working together to keep the Sumter County Schools safer by utilizing Rio and having extra patrols at the schools.
Deputy Sheriff Garrity and Benny
Benny was born 10/10/2014 in Slovakia and has been in service with the Sheriff's Office since March 2016. Benny is a full service K-9 which includes narcotics detection, tracking and fugitive apprehension. Benny is one of the newer additions to the full service K-9 Unit. In his first month out Benny apprehended a burglary suspect in Lake Panasoffkee after tracking him on grass and asphalt. The suspect was surrendered and was eventually arrested and charged.
Deputy Sheriff Reeves and Mako
Mako was born 10/25/2015 in the Netherlands and has been with the Sheriff's Office since June 2018. Mako is certified through FDLE (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) in obedience, area searching, building searching, and criminal apprehension. Mako is also trained in narcotic detection and tracking.
Deputy Sheriff Buxton and Saro
Saro was born April 25, 2016 in Hungary and joined the Sumter County Sheriff's Office in August 2017.
Saro is one of the newest members of the Sumter County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit. In October of 2017, K-9 Saro was tested under the standards set forth by the United States Police K-9 Association for drug detection and achieved the desired rating of excellence. In November 2017, K-9 Saro successfully passed the National Narcotic Detector Dog, Incorporated (NNDDA) standards testing
Detention K-9 Bundas
Bundas began with the Sheriff's Office in 2017. He is unique to our K-9 unit. Bundas is one of the newest additions to the Sumter County Detention Center K-9 Division. Bundas locates drugs and cell-phones in the Detention Center.
Russo was born in 2017 in Lafayette County, FL. The Sumter County Sheriff's Office obtained Russo from Mayo Correctional Institute. Russo was named for Correctional Officer Jimmy Russo who passed away tragically in a car accident in 2016. He is still a puppy and undergoing training to be a full-fledged working K9 Bloodhound.
Charlotte was born in 2017 in north Florida. Charlotte was donated to the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. Charlotte is another one of our newest additions to the K-9 Unit.