Welcome, K9 Copper!

Sheriff Tim Pounds and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office have noticed a significant increase in the number of missing persons, especially amongst the elderly with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia and children (especially with autism). Since Sheriff Pounds took office in January, 2017, there have been 475 missing/runaway persons. Out of those approximately 37 were disabled children and adults. Only five of those cases remain open which are all runaway juveniles where no foul play is suspected.

Some of these were large scale searches that involved multi-jurisdictional responses and resources. In some of these cases a well trained bloodhound could have expedited the efforts in locating these individuals.

“Copper,” a blood hound graciously donated by two local breeders, Cody Sparks and Rebecca Myers will be trained in tracking children and Alzheimer’s/dementia patients in the efforts to assist with locating missing persons. Donated at 13 weeks old, Copper will also be trained in public relations and used in S.C.O.P.E. (Sheriff’s Community Outreach Program & Education) activities.

DCSO’s K-9 Unit provides teams of highly trained canines and handlers for the purpose of protecting citizens and enhancing the safety of fellow law enforcement officers. The Sheriff’s K-9 Unit aspires to relate, in a positive manner, with the general public, maintain a professional image, and to constantly strive to increase the efficiency and productivity of the Unit through continuous training.

Sheriff Pounds is dedicated to serving and protecting our community as he has done for the people of Douglas County for more than 40 years.

K9 Neo’s New Vest

Sheriff Tim Pounds and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit welcomed K9 Neo to the pack earlier this year. When dog lovers Phil and Peggy Detore read the story on the Douglasville Patch, they wanted to help equip K9 Neo. They were soon put in touch with handler/trainer Sgt. Ryan Cadwell, and expressed a desire to purchase a vest for K9 Neo. With the help of Tonya Power, who handles inventory and ordering uniforms and equipment for the Sheriff’s Office, a vest was sized and ordered for K9 Neo. The vest is of the same type and quality as the vests worn by the human deputies. We cannot adequately express our gratitude for such a generous donation.

Sheriff Tim Pounds Welcomes New K9 Deputy

K9 Neo is the newest addition to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He is a seventeen-month-old Belgian Malinois from Poland, and will be working on the Felony Interception Narcotics Detection (FIND) Unit. K9 Neo came to us in November 2017 as a “green” dog without any formal training. Sgt. Ryan Cadwell, who previously handled retired K9 Boogie, is both K9 Neo’s trainer as well as handler. K9 Neo’s skills include narcotics detection, tracking and apprehension, handler protection, and evidence recovery. K9 Neo was utilized on his first night of service for a search of a vehicle which resulted in a drug arrest.

Red Ribbon Week 2017

Every year, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit participates in Red Ribbon Week. This time is dedicated towards educating students about the dangers of illegal drugs. Throughout the week, the K9 unit visits various schools throughout Douglas County to talk about the dogs’ skills in obedience, narcotics detection, and apprehension.

Demo at The Church at Chapelhill

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit would like to thank The Church at Chapelhill for their generous donation. The money will be put towards getting the K9s new leashes, harnesses, and other handling equipment. Our handlers also enjoyed spending the morning with a great group of kids, and we hope to come back soon!

K9 Demo at Golden United Methodist Church

Members of our K9 Unit visited Golden United Methodist Church today for a demo. The kids enjoyed interacting with the K9s and watching them show off their training. We would like to thank Golden United Methodist Church for the invitation! If you would like to schedule a K9 demo for your group, please contact Lt. John Jewell at 678-486-1219.


Man Arrested After Chase

On 06/07/17, a 2003 Dodge Ram failed to yield to a traffic stop initiated by the Austell Police Department. The truck was stolen out of Bibb County, and Austell PD pursued the vehicle into Douglas County. Several Douglas County deputies assisted in the chase that ended with K9 Bando, handled by Dep. C. Adams, pursuing the subject up a tree near Thornton Rd and Maxham. The suspect was then taken into custody. For more details, please contact the Austell Police Department.


K9 Big Visits St. Teresa Catholic Church

Last night at St.Theresa Catholic Church, Lt. John Jewell and K9 Big visited with Cub Scouts Pack 1990. We talked about when to dial 911 and when not too. We talked about the DCSO K9 Unit with K9 BIG doing a Demo. Thank you to the Pack Leaders and Parents of Pack 1990 for the invite!