NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There are three new members of the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office tonight. They're all members of the reinstated canine squad. One of the three is already on the street and taking a bite out of crime.
Dasti couldn't get to work a minute too soon. The Czech German Shepherd has been kenneled since December waiting for humans to finish the necessary paper work.
A canine policy, adopted this morning by Nacogdoches County Commissioners allows Sheriff Jason Bridges, a prior canine handler, to introduce a canine unit to Nacogdoches County.
"We feel we have a very good policy in place to reduce the liability for the county and also make sure the policy, make sure everyone is line with what we're doing," Bridges said.
Dasti met some of his co-workers today. Deputy John Wayne Valdez is Dasti's handler.
"He will bring not only experience, but a very strong work ethic," Valdez said. "Got a very good play drive. He loves to work, and he's a very seasoned dog, being 7-1/2 years old. Got a very sweet temperament."
Trained canines Miko, handled by Deputy Rusty Allen, and Rhictor, handled, by Chief Deputy Steven Godfrey, are also joining the department. All three canines followed their handlers from other agencies into the Sheriff's Office.
"He's found several loads out on the highway for DPS and our new chief deputy, a couple for the city," Valdez said.
The dogs and their handlers will still be made available to the agencies upon request.
"They are also going to be made available to our school districts," Bridges said. "They request us to come in and conduct searches. We'll provide that service to no cost to our schools as well."
Bridges said a canine unit a must have for any sheriff's department. The dog handler of 12 years is confident 'man's best friend' will be a vital tool within the department.
While Dasti is already on the streets, the other two dogs are awaiting certification. No one believes they'll have any problem passing the exam.