The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is honoring one of its own – K9 Lee for his nine years of service to the Sheriff’s Office and the citizens of Walton County. K9 Lee will be retiring on September 29th, 2013. He began his law enforcement career with the Sheriff’s Office in 2004. K9 Lee has worked with two handlers and has been Sergeant Nick Bearden’s partner since 2007. He has approximately 1,742 hours of training, 1,218 deployments, 844 alerts with finds, tracked and apprehended 22 suspects and recovered 8 children who were lost. The biggest drug bust of K9 Lee’s career was 20 lbs of cocaine found off I-10 in 2010.
Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee won the Top Dog Award in 2011 at the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) Regional Field Trials and finished in the top 20 at the USPCA National Competition held in Perl, MS. This year, Sergeant Bearden and K9 Lee were selected as the USPCA Detector Case of the 1st quarter. K9 Lee has certifications for narcotic detection and tracking through USPCA as well as through the National Narcotic Detection Dog Association (NNDDA). Sheriff Mike Adkinson said “We are grateful to K9 Lee and for all the contributions he has made in making our community safer.”
Sergeant Nick Bearden will meet his new partner at the end of the month. They will have three months of training ahead of them and the new K9 will be dual purpose for apprehension and narcotic detection.