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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Press Release
July 21, 2014
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Taylor Correctional Institution K-9 Team Captures Fleeing Suspect

Tallahassee, Fla -- On Saturday morning, July 19, the K-9 team from Taylor Correctional Institution assisted the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office in tracking and capturing a suspect who had fled the scene after burglarizing a home and getting into a physical altercation with one of the household members.

The Taylor Correctional Institution team searching for the suspect consisted of Sergeant Sadler, Sergeant Crites, Officer Kight and Captain Welbers. A track was established when the team arrived at the scene and they trailed for 1.5 miles to locate the suspect, who was hiding in a wooded area.

The Department has 38 K-9 programs statewide which are used to support other law enforcement agencies with felon apprehension, searching for missing persons, and locating and providing aid to persons in distress. In Fiscal Year 2013-2014, the Department’s K-9 tracking teams were deployed 710 times.

Saturday’s capture is a great example of the community partnerships the Department has with local law enforcement and of the Department’s mission of ensuring the safety of Florida families.

Sgt. Eddie Crites, Sgt. Eric Sadler, Ofc. Nathan Kight, K-9 "Justice"
Sgt. Eddie Crites, Sgt. Eric Sadler, Ofc. Nathan Kight, K-9 "Justice"

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As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, oversees more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.

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