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WCSO Dep. Visel & New Police Service Dog Karn Make First Successful Suspect Track


Police Service Dog Karn assumed active duty at the Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 and made his first successful suspect track two (2) days later.

Dep. Visel & PSD KarnOn May 30th, 2013, Ann Arbor Police stopped a vehicle operated by a single individual for a traffic offense.  A field investigation determined that the individual had two (2) warrants for her arrest.  Apparently fearing being taken into custody by the police, the individual fled the traffic stop on foot.  Ann Arbor Police established an effective perimeter and requested the closest K-9 Team.  Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy Gerrod Visel and his new partner K-9 Karn, a two (2) year old German Shepherd, responded.  K-9 Karn was recently certified for police tracking and had assumed active duty just two (2) days prior to the incident.  Deployed on his first field operation, K-9 Karn tracked through houses on two residential blocks and led Deputy Visel and the Ann Arbor Police to a fenced area.  The suspect was found hiding in a garbage can approximately 15 feet on other side of the fence.  The individual was taken into custody without incident by the Ann Arbor Police.

Deployment of the police service dog in this instance demonstrates their ability to resolve such incidents in a timely and effective manner, allowing the efficient re-deployment of police resources.  Congratulations to K-9 Karn on his first successful track and area search.

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