June 12, 2015
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TALLAHASSEE– Members of the Contraband Interdiction Unit of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) participated in the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) National Competition in Jackson, Mississippi from June 1st through the 3rd. K-9 Inspectors Robert Herbrand and Jonathan Cox were invited to attend as a result of placing first and third, respectively, in the USPCA Regional Competition.
K-9 Inspectors Herbrand and Cox, along with K-9's Ozzie and Bailey, placed 1st in the team competition. The inspectors also competed in the individual events. Inspector Cox and K-9 Bailey placed 1st in the overall individual competition, and Inspector Herbrand and K-9 Ozzie placed 8th.
Inspector General Jeffery Beasley said, "The hard work of the Contraband Interdiction Unit is critical to the efforts of the Office of Inspector General to detect and discourage the introduction of contraband into our facilities. We are proud of the accomplishments of K-9 Inspectors Herbrand and Cox in the USPCA competition, and applaud their dedication to excellence."
The OIG operates 20 full-time canine teams comprised of 24 inspectors strategically located throughout the state. Interdiction inspectors conduct unannounced contraband searches with assistance from certified narcotic canine teams at prisons and other facilities statewide and provide narcotic canine support for other agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons and local law enforcement agencies. The canine teams also work closely with institutional inspectors and provide investigative support.
A total of 42 teams were invited by the USPCA to the National Competition, including representatives from various law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
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.