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2019 End of Year Press part 3, Zaki




February 04, 2019

Part III of III


With financial assistance from local citizens and businesses this office was able to obtain a top quality dual-purpose police dog in 2016 and were fortunate to partner with Zaki. Former deputy/handler Chris Mueller was the first person to work with Zaki. In late January 2019 Deputy Nicholas Leadbetter accepted K-9 assignment and attended significant training with Zaki in the state of Oklahoma, Camp Dodge Iowa and Deputy Leadbetter attended in-depth K-9 Handler training in Chicago Illinois. Deputy Leadbetter also received advanced training in legal aspects and court requirements, search and seizure, training mandates and animal care. In 2019 both Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter logged over 272 hours of training in Narcotics Detection, K-9 Obedience, Tracking/Article Search/Bite Work, Certifications and other training.

Zaki has more than earned a name for himself in north central Missouri. Officers have noted multiple times when people are informed Zaki is responding that some fugitives have surrendered, people have immediately turned over their drugs, and others hiding from law enforcement gave-up knowing they would be located. The facial expressions from several when Deputy Leadbetter and Zaki arrived on scene have been priceless.

Following is outline various information and incidents during 2019 where Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter helped not only this office, but other area law enforcement in multiple criminal cases.

The following has involved Zaki and Deputy Leadbetter from January 28 through December 31, 2019:

Drugs found/seized:   


Marijuana, THC Oil

Hallucinogenic Mushrooms


Scheduled Controlled Medication




Various amounts of the above were seized throughout the year with suspected combined street value of $27,527 dollars.

Arrests and Items Seized During 2019 thanks to Zaki:

Arrests made:                        110

U.S. Currency Seized:              $4,984

Stolen Vehicles Recovered:    4

Firearms Recovered:              13

Other Weapons Seized:          3

Stolen Property Recovered:   More than 410 items


Call Types for 2019:


Tracking:                              26

Building Searches:                 14

Narcotics/Drugs:                    116

Community Service:               41

Apprehend Person/

Suspect gave up to Zaki:        13

Security/Perimeter:                21

Federal Warrants:                  1

Networking:                          6


Requesting agency & number of K-9 activations in 2019:

LCSO:                                       99

Chillicothe PD                         46

LCSO & CPD investigation      33

Missouri State HP                   9

LCSO and MSHP                      5

Linn County Sheriff                 4

Carrollton PD                          3

Mercer County Sheriff                        2

Daviess County Sheriff            2

Trenton PD                              1

Brookfield PD                          1

Carroll County Sheriff             1

Caldwell County Sheriff          1


Other Interesting Information:

Total reports taken by various agencies due to Zaki's involvement:      100

Total number of days Zaki available for call-out:     341


2019 K-9 Expenses:

K-9 Food:                  $469

Boarding/Grooming:   $140

Vet Bill/Vaccinations: $289


As you can see both Zaki and deputy Leadbetter were quite busy in 2019. The positive impact our K-9 program has made to this and area communities is remarkable. Both have done an outstanding job and have an excellent reputation with area law enforcement and communities.

Another positive note is Zaki is almost always with Deputy Leadbetter and is Leadbetters immediate back-up wherever Nicholas may be. Zaki is like having a well-training road patrol deputy without the costs associated with another full time employee.

Hopefully through our organizations continued efforts with enforcement, education, and positive contacts we can help encourage people to be drug free and/or stop selling/distributing these poisons in our community.

We thank you for permitting us to have Zaki and an amazing K-9 program. Great work by both Deputy Leadbetter and Zaki!


Sheriff Steve Cox

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