January 7th through January 24th Deputy Leadbetter and Zaki attended the Dual Purpose Patrol K-9 course being taught by Scott Tarpley and Ted Summers of Torchlight K9 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. During this course Deputy Leadbetter learned fundamentals of everyday K-9 care as well as obedience, both for everyday and tactical situations. While at this training K-9 Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter learned together and had the opportunity to track each day in different kinds of weather conditions, different outcomes and scenarios in which they either located or apprehended the individual.
Instructors made a strong emphasis on knowing, understanding as well as always being current with case law in regards to K-9 functions both state and federally. Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter trained multiple times a day to either detect or not detect the odor of different types of narcotics in vehicles, buildings, large commercial vehicles, items, etc.
(Zaki apprehending aggressive bad guy-training)
Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter also had the opportunity to learn and train in K-9 apprehension. They were taught the legal aspects of apprehension, the advantages of it, and the benefits it can have on the safety of law enforcement and the community.
Deputy Leadbetter commented “I have a better understanding and appreciation of what K-9 Zaki can do both in the law enforcement aspect as well as the love he brings to being a new family member in the Leadbetter household. I look forward to working with K-9 Zaki as we continue to grow and learn together and serve our community.”
We are proud of the work Deputy Leadbetter and Zaki do for our county and are excited to see what the two can do together. FYI, Nicholas and Zaki made their first drug bust together on Deputy Williams car stop just after 1:00 a.m. on January 31, 2019.
Deputy K-9 Zaki
(Included are images of Deputy Leadbetter and Zaki along with photos during drug and apprehension training and an image of Zaki’s care.)
Sheriff Steve Cox