Sheriff’s department adds second K-9

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has received a second K-9 and will formally introduce the dog and its handler Friday.

Major Lafayette Woods Jr. said Sgt. Reis, a three-year-old Belgian Malinois, will be teamed with Sgt. Thaddeus Arnold after the two complete training at the Arkansas Law Enforcement Training Academy at Camden. That training will begin Oct. 22 and Sgt. Reis will be taught to respond to verbal commands.

Woods said the dog arrived Oct. 12 and is currently trained to detect the odor of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Arnold began his career with the sheriff’s department in 2004 and was formerly assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. With the arrival of Sgt. Reis, he has been reassigned to the K-9 Division.

Woods said the sheriff’s department was able to obtain the funding for Sgt. Reis from businesses and individuals including Tyson Foods, Erasmo Dierich (owner of Dierich LLC), Judie Jones, Anne S. Robinson, Gus Morehead and James R. Buis.

Sgt. Reis joins Sgt. Andor, who joined the sheriff’s department a short time ago and is paired with Deputy Courtney Kelly, giving the department two specially trained dogs for use in curbing illegal drugs into the city, county and state.

Woods said Sgt. Reis and Sgt. Arnold will be introduced during a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday in the rotunda of the county courthouse.