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Hancock officials present K9 report

NEW CUMBERLAND — The Hancock County Commission, during its meeting Thursday, learned more about the activities of the K-9 division operated by the county sheriff’s department.

Sgt. Scott Little, who is in his 16th year with the sheriff’s department and has been a K-9 handler since 2008, addressed the commission, offering a rundown of the division’s field action in 2020.

“This is the first opportunity I’ve had to speak with the county commission about our statistics,” Little said. “I just wanted to bring that to the county commission’s attention on how much we’re using the dogs.”

Little explained the department added one K-9 in 2020, bringing the division up to four dogs, each with a handler. Throughout the year, he said, the K-9s have been involved in 49 arrests, a number he said would have been higher if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The division was responsible for 48 arrests in 2019, Little said.

The K-9 division was deployed 27 times as part of felony investigations, participated in 156 motor vehicle searches, with 90 positive indications, 25 building searches and ran tracks for 53 incidents.

Among substances seized during searches, Little reported amounts of marijuana, methamphetamines, crack cocaine, powder cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, OxyContin, Xanax, Percocet and hydrocodone.

“Those are just a few of what we are finding,” Little explained.

Highlights from the year, Little noted, included 15 pounds of marijuana found, a single traffic stop resulting in the discovery of 120 OxyContin pills, and the recovery of five stolen handguns in the county.

There were 24 non-bite apprehensions, with no apprehensions involving bites to suspects, 39 article searches and 50 alarm calls.

Little noted the K-9s also took part in a total of 28 searches in county schools, with all four dogs each involved in seven searches, and there were 26 public relations activities in the county.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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