November 5, 2014
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~K-9 units apprehend fleeing suspect, locate elderly woman~
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – This past weekend, Florida Department of Corrections K-9 Units were activated to assist law enforcement in the apprehension of a fleeing suspect and to locate a missing elderly woman.
On October 31 at approximately 2:30 p.m., the South Florida Reception Center K-9 Unit was activated to assist the Sweetwater Police Department in the search for a missing elderly woman. The South Florida Reception Center K-9 Unit consisted of team members Sgt. Julian Rodriguez, Officer Luis Rodriguez and Officer Mahalia Suarez and canines responding were Max and Junior. The K-9 Unit successfully located the woman at approximately 5:00 p.m. that evening.
On November 2, 2014 at approximately 1:50 a.m., the Northwest Florida Reception Center K-9 Unit was activated to assist the Washington County Sherriff’s Office in the apprehension of a feeling suspect. The Northwest Florida Reception Center K-9 Unit consisted of team members Capt. Daniel Klahn, Sgt. Harry Brock, Sgt. Stephen Register and Officer Jerry Cooper and canines responding were Red and Jack. The K-9 Unit successfully apprehended the suspect at approximately 4:00 a.m. that morning.
"The Department’s K-9 Units work around the clock to ensure the safety of Florida families," said Secretary Michael Crews. "Our K-9 units provide a vital service and we are proud to collaborate with local law enforcement to provide assistance in times of need."
The Department’s K-9 units are on call 24 hours a day in order to assist when emergency situations arise throughout the state.
The Florida Department of Corrections has 38 K-9 programs statewide which are used to support law enforcement agencies with felon apprehension, locating 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.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs more than 22,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 100,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.