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Friday, 02 March 2018 18:15

Prescott Valley Police K-9 units Prove Invaluable Featured

Officer Jerry Ferguson

The Prescott Valley Police K-9 Units have proved to be an invaluable asset to both the police department and the community.

On December 2, 2017, Officer Matt Williams and his K9 Partner, Turco, responded to an address to assist patrol in locating a missing juvenile. It was determined the juvenile was autistic and had left his residence upset and not dressed for cold weather, wearing only a t-shirt and jeans. It was dark and getting cold. Officer Williams put a muzzle on Turco and tracked the juvenile and eventually located the disoriented and confused young man. The juvenile was returned home quickly because of Officer Williams and Turco and the extra time they spend training on tracking. 

Officer Williams and Turco were active throughout 2017, going on 55 Drug Detection Deployments resulting in recovery of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and hashish. Furthermore, they went on 45 Patrol Deployments and assisted in 24 patrol arrests.

In December, 2017, Officer Layton Cooper and his K9 Partner, Jake, responded to a suicidal juvenile that had left his house with a knife and threatened to commit suicide. Officer Cooper and Jake were able to track the juvenile in the rain for several blocks and located him. The juvenile was attempting to hide and was still armed with the knife. The juvenile was taken into custody with no injury and was transported to the CSU (Crisis Stabilization Unit) for mental health treatment. 

Officer Cooper and Jake were also active throughout 2017, going on 57 Drug Detection Deployments resulting in recovery of $9,624 in currency, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin. They were also involved in 8 Patrol Deployments and assisted in 13 patrol arrests.

Officer Caleb Cozens and his K9 partner, Toyo, are directly assigned to a patrol squad. He takes normal patrol calls and still manages to produce quality drug contacts and arrests. Officer Cozens and Toyo have combined for numerous cases that help take illegal drugs off the streets in our community. Unfortunately during 2017 Toyo became injured and needed surgery, taking her off the street for over a month.  Even though, they were still involved in 46 Drug Detection Deployments recovering drug paraphernalia, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin. They were also involved in a total of 24 drug related arrests.

The K-9 units are a vital part of the law enforcement efforts of the Prescott Valley Police Department. If you suspect any suspicious drug or narcotic activity in your neighborhood, notify law enforcement immediately. The Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.  

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