The Gulf County Sheriff’s Office has a newly certified K-9 in the ranks.
Deputy Joel Oquendo and his partner Marco earned designation as a nationally-certified narcotics detention team following an evaluation last week.
The two have become well acquainted since they began training together in October 2013.
Both have learned each other’s personalities and how to work together as a team, a release from the GCSO stated, training roughly 400 hours, covering obedience and narcotics detection.
The training also included practical applications for vehicle searches, building searches and area searches.
Last Monday, Oquendo and Marco went before an evaluator with the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) and the National Narcotics Detector Dog Association (NNDDA).
The new GCSO K-9 team earned national certification in the detection of various narcotics. The certification included the search of vehicles, areas, and buildings.
“Deputy Oquendo and K9 Marco have put in many hours of hard work during their training and the fruits of their labor have proven successful.” said Sheriff Mike Harrison, “This team will be an asset to the agency as we continue our fight against illegal drugs in Gulf County.”