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The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 Division provides Specialized Law Enforcement in the Patrol Environment by assisting in situations where the safety of Officers, Deputies, other Agencies, and the general public are at risk.
Beauregard Parish currently has five Handler and Dog Units. The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office utilizes K-9 Units for various high-risk situations such as building and open area searches, tracking of suspects, suspect apprehension, evidence location, search and rescue, SWAT Operations, School searches as well as drug interdiction. The Patrol Canines are also trained to protect their Handler and to hold a violent or dangerous person from escaping. The K-9 Unit's are on-call 24-hours a day.
Although patrol work, narcotics detection, and maintenance training consume a major portion of the unit's time, all team members frequently perform many other assignments, including demonstrations for Children's groups, school events and community organizations, all the while still having to perform their patrol duties as a Deputy. They are often called upon by other agencies, both in and out of the parish to assist with Law Enforcement related duties.
Reliability in job performance is of paramount importance when it comes to K-9's and their duties. Their ongoing proficiency training ensures each dog will act and perform according to expectations and standards. Each Patrol K-9 and Handler are required to maintenance train at least 40 hours a month to keep fresh what they have learned in the Basic Patrol K-9 Academies.
Whether it be removing illegal drugs and drug proceeds from the hands of drug dealers/users, apprehending violent felons, returning a lost child or adult to his/her loved ones, the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office K-9 Units are always ready.
The following deputies and their K-9 partners are assigned to the Beauregard Parish Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division:
Deputy Nicholas Smythe/K9 Turk (Dutch Shepherd)
Deputy Aaron Broussard/K9 Floor (Yellow Lab)
Deputy Charles McKinney/K9 Twitter (Dutch Shepherd)
Deputy Ben Pearson/K9 Karma (Belgian Malinois)