There’s a new crime-fighting duo hitting the streets today. And if you run, or hide illegal drugs, chances are these two fellas will find it, or you!
LCSO Deputy K9 Deputy Dalton Harrison, and his furry partner “Draco”, graduated from the prestigious Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Training Certification Program today. Following a rigorous 8-week course and over 300 hours, Deputy Harrison and Draco are now nationally certified to begin patrolling the streets of Loudon County, as well as responding to the aid of bordering agencies who seek assistance from the Loudon County K9 Unit.
Harrison and Draco trained, and had to demonstrate competency, in areas of criminal apprehension (when the bad people run), tracking (when a loved one wanders off) and narcotics detection (yup, you guessed it – hidden and concealed drugs). These areas of study and focus allow Dalton and Draco to be a well-rounded tool and resource to LCSO and the community it serves.
“From tracking a lost child, to apprehending a bank robber who has fled into the woods, to sniffing out large quantities of concealed narcotics, Deputy Harrison and Draco will make an immediate impact on our community.”, said Sheriff Jimmy Davis. “This is just another example, another tool, that continues to add to the effectiveness of this agency. With every single person, every K9, every training program and specialized unit, we continue to make this an agency that is capable of performing alongside the best of them.”, said Davis. “I am so proud of the commitment and dedication that Dalton has put into being another piece of this great team”.
Draco is a 2 year old Dutch Shepard who was assigned to Deputy Harrison on July 3rd of this year. The two spent several months building the inseparable bond that is often associated with K9’s and their handlers before spending the last 8 weeks alongside trainers and teams from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Harrison began his career with LCSO in 2019 as a Corrections Deputy in the Detention Facility. He graduated from Cleveland State Police Academy in April of 2021 and was promoted to the Patrol Division in May of 2021. Dalton is a native of Loudon County and is a 2017 graduate of Lenoir City High School. Dalton is the son of Scott and Marcie Harrison. He is assigned to the night shift patrol squad.
Join us in congratulating Dalton and Draco and welcoming them to their new chapter of service to Loudon County!