Britt: From Shelter Pet to K-9 Officer
This story may make you think differently about adopting from the animal shelter. “Britt” is a three-and-a-half-year-old dog German shepherd dog, who was rescued by Officer Robert Oliver. Officer Oliver noticed that she picked things up, very quickly. Heel, sit, stay, come, all of the regular commands seemed to come naturally to her. The Road Prison has needed a narcotics canine for some time.
Officer Oliver understood that the major traits needed to make a good narcotics dog were; a superior sense of smell, hearing, and the physical capability. Britt possessed all of these qualities, as well as tremendous drive. On November 17, 2015 Officer Oliver and K-9 Britt started their 200 hour Narcotic Detector Training. As expected, Britt caught on immediately and on March 4, 2016 they were both certified through the United States Police Canine Association.
During the seven months since their certification, Britt conducted weekly searches, some of which resulted in narcotics recoveries. Having a canine to work with involves a lot of work, but Officer Oliver enjoys his responsibility and assignment very much.
The Corrections Department is very proud to have this K-9 Team as part of our department.