GREENSBURG – Fulfilling the duties required of a police officer is one thing; being a responsible pet owner is quite another.
Combine the two and you might have a better idea of what a night on patrol is like for a K-9 officer.
Decatur County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Goodfellow and Westport Town Marshal Joe Talkington have recently joined Greensburg Police Officer Jordan Craig as K-9 officers in the Decatur County community. All three officers now have four-legged partners capable of following criminal trails and sniffing out illicit substances.
For Rob Goodfellow, the duty is a dream come true.
“I’ve always wanted to be a K-9 officer,” the 20-year Army veteran and former Westport Deputy Marshal told the Daily News Thursday.
Goodfellow is now accompanied on patrol by Rango, a black Labrador Retriever trained in narcotics detection, tracking and article searches.
Rango rides in the back of Deputy Goodfellow’s patrol car and is capable of detecting marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and ecstasy. The police dog was purchased through donations from the Decatur County community and was acquired after a lengthy search that encompassed 12 kennels in four different states.
Rango is Goodfellow’s first K-9 partner, and has already assisted in one arrest.
Rango’s immediate impact is just what Joe Talkington expected.
Talkington patrols the Westport area with Keno, a veteran German Shepherd officer who was recently equipped with a bulletproof/stab-proof vest.
Keno has also earned his proverbial stripes in the line of duty, recently helping sniff out an alleged methamphetamine operation.
Goodfellow and Talkington agreed that the mere presence of a police dog adds to officer safety and serves as a reminder that local police are pushing back against those who push drugs in the Decatur County community.
And they’re definitely not alone.
Greensburg Officer Jordan Craig, who has raised his pet/police partner Krieger, makes up a trio of officers among three different departments dedicated to using the unique talents K-9 officers bring to the practice of law enforcement.