Bradley County Sheriff expands K9 unit
Cleveland, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Bradley County Sheriff has a new addition to their K9 Unit named Lucy, a 3 year old Belgium Malinois.
Lucy and her K9 handler Dep. Chris Shope recently completed over 800 hours of training.
According to the Bradley County Sheriff Office, the training was a 16-week program through the Chattanooga Police Department K9 unit and certified Lucy in narcotics detection, fugitive apprehension, and officer protection.
The Bradley County Sheriff says Lucy is also the only police canine in the area to be certified in evidence recovery.
Lucy has received certifications from other groups as well. She hold the highest certification of all the canines at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson says, “Lucy is a great addition to this department who will be utilized in several capacities while assigned to the patrol division. Dep. Shope and Lucy have thoroughly completed highly distinguishable certifications that will be a great benefit to the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office. Each of the four patrol shifts at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office has been assigned a canine unit which will assist deputies with their investigations.”
The Sheriff’s Office has already nicknamed her “Pocket Rocket” for her speed.
**Photo from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office