The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office Canine Team conists of five deputies and their canine partners. These canine deputies are assigned to support all of the major divisions of the Sheriff's Office. These handlers and their partners attend specialized canine training upon their assignment to learn to work together. After their initial training, handlers train approximately 18 hours per month as a team. The Lenoir County Sheriff's Office was able to outfit our entire canine team with bullet and stab resistant vests for our canines in 2016. This was made possible by an outpouring of community support through financial donations and Vested Interest in Canines (non-profit group that lead this effort).
The LCSO has five canines: two belgian malinous, two dutch shepherds and one bloodhound.
"Narco, Chase, Zar and Talon" are full service patrol dogs. They are trained to track suspects, perform article searches to locate items, search and locate illegal narcotic contraband and handler protection in the event their deputy handler is attacked.
"Jury" is a bloodhound trained for search and rescue, tracking of alzheimers patients, missing persons and low-risk fugitive apprehension.