Second K-9 joins sheriff’s department

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has added a second K-9 to their force.

The new dog Sgt. Reis, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois and his partner, Sgt. Thaddeus Arnold were introduced during a press conference Friday morning at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

“When I first ran for Sheriff, I said I was going to be tough on drug dealers and criminals and with this new addition, we can do so ever more,” said Sheriff Gerald Robinson.

Sgt. Reis arrived Oct. 12 and according to Major Lafayette Woods Jr., is trained to detect the odor of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. He and Arnold will complete basic K-9 handler training by Criss Gardner of Von Klein Stein Working Dogs at Sherwood beginning Monday. That training will be conducted at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at East Camden.

Arnold began his law enforcement career with the sheriff’s department in 2004 and was originally assigned to Uniform Patrol before the arrival of Sgt. Reis.

“Sgt. Arnold is very goal oriented and I know whenever I’ve called on him, he’s been there,” Robinson said.

Donations to purchase the dog came from Tyson Foods, Inc., Erasmo Dierich, owner of Dierich LLC, Judie Jones, Anne S. Robinson, Gus Morehead and James R. Buis.

“I’m pround of the individuals and businesses who believed in us and made this possible,” Robinson said.

Sgt. Reis joins Sgt. Andor, another Belgian Malinois, who is paired with Deputy Courtney Kelly, and gives the department two K-9s for the first time since March 2011.

“With this new addition, I want the drug dealers to know that we’re coming to tear your playhouse down so you better enjoy it while you can,” Robinson said.