Beaufort County’s Sheriff’s Office welcomes first-ever K-9 patrol team

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is breaking ground with a new addition to its law enforcement team – their first-ever K-9 Patrol Teams.

According to deputies, this addition of patrol teams marks a significant expansion of the sheriff’s office K-9 unit’s role, moving beyond the focus of only narcotics to now include patrol and community safety.

“These Patrol K-9 Teams represent a milestone for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Their specialized training equips them to handle a wide range of situations, enhancing our ability to ensure public safety and protect our community. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office will continue to seek the best ways to protect our community by employing the best staff and seeking innovative tools and techniques.” stated Sheriff Scott Hammonds.

Deputies say that Lieutenant Greg Van Essendelft will be partnered with K-9 Tinnnus and Lieutenant Linwood Waters with K-9 Athos.

Deputies say that the new teams are proficient in various areas including:

  • Tracking and Finding: Trained to locate wanted criminals or missing persons in diverse environments, be it urban, rural, or wooded areas.
  • Building Searches: Capable of searching all types of buildings to locate criminals in hiding.
  • Evidence Retrieval: Skilled in searching for evidence or property associated with a crime.
  • Drug Detection: Equipped to identify and locate illegal drugs, contributing to efforts to combat drug-related crimes.
  • Apprehension: Trained to apprehend criminals attempting to escape arrest, particularly those who may be armed and dangerous.
  • Deterrence and Backup: Serve as a deterrent and offer backup in perilous situations such as fights, riots, and disturbances.
  • High-Profile Patrols: Conduct high-profile foot patrols in critical areas such as schools, shopping complexes, and parks.