A new unit is roaming the halls of the Harris County Jail to ensure a safe and secured environment for nearly 9,000 inmates and 1,500 employees.
This morning, the Criminal Justice Bureau’s K-9 Operations Team conducted an operation to search select cells for contraband and narcotics.
On Thursday, Sheriff Ron Hickman joined the Criminal Justice and Personnel Resources Bureau K-9 Operations Team as it responded to a tip that narcotics and other contraband may be present in a cellblock at the Sheriff’s 1200 Baker Street Jail.
The K-9 Operations Team was formed by Sheriff Hickman in February of 2016 in order to improve upon existing resources dedicated to the detection and removal of contraband from the secured Harris County Jail.
Lt. Tommy Shelton oversees the operation managed by SGT David Cruzan and DEP Jeremy Sanchez.
K-9 Deputy “Vito” is a single purpose narcotics detection dog that was donated to the Sheriff’s Office by the 501(c)(3) organization K9s 4COPS.
The team is working to add an additional K-9 used to detect electronic media storage devices and cell phones.
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