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Julie L. Jones, Secretary


Press Release
November 5, 2014
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Florida Department of Corrections K-9 Units Play Important Role in Keeping Florida Safe

~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.

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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.

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